By providing you with these materials, we can help you better understand how to help manage Duchenne muscular dystrophy. You can download these materials right to your desktop.

A Summary of the DMD Care Considerations Working Group for Caregivers (English & Spanish)

Learn more about care guidelines for DMD that address a multidisciplinary approach and the continuum of care for DMD management.

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Navigating Scientific Publications Tool

Use this resource to familiarize yourself with the elements and terms that are commonly seen in different types of publications.

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The Duchenne community can offer support to you and your family in many different ways.


We know that there is more to treatment than just taking care of symptoms. You and your family also have your own individual interests and support needs. Advocacy groups play an important role in helping you connect and bond with other people affected by Duchenne as well as giving a public voice. The following patient advocacy groups are here to help by offering information, guidance, and support.

Advocacy groups in your community

Advocacy groups such as CureDuchenne, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) are well known within the United states however support is not limited to these groups and there are local community groups that can help you as well.

Cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD)
Cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD)
Cure Duchenne partners with biotech and pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and other organizations to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. MDA is a nonprofit health organization that sponsors research to find effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. PPMD is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit organization in the United States focused on ending Duchenne muscular dystrophy through research, advocacy, care, and education.

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Certified Care Centers provide comprehensive care and services to people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The goal of these centers is to make comprehensive care available and accessible to as many patients with Duchenne and their families as possible. PTC does not warrant, whether expressed or implied, that the list of centers is accurate or complete.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has a network of 200 specialized clinics across the United States and Puerto Rico, each with a team of healthcare professionals all at one location. Find a local clinic near you by visiting, or by calling (800) 572-1717.

The Certified Duchenne Care Center Program was developed by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, with the help of many experts, to certify clinics and measure results, helping to ensure that centers maintain the highest standards in clinical care for Duchenne. Click here for more information and to locate a local certified center.

PTC does not recommend or endorse any center, hospital, or healthcare professional included above for any purpose, nor is the list to verify a center’s, hospital’s, or specific healthcare professional’s credentials or qualifications. It is your responsibility to select a center, hospital, and/or healthcare professional appropriate to your needs, and you assume full responsibility for your interaction with any center, hospital, or healthcare professional you contact through the center list. PTC is not responsible for the medical care or advice given by any center, hospital, or healthcare professional you choose to contact.

Video Resources

Max's Story

Max Fernandez, a senior at Fordham University, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but it hasn’t stopped him from traveling the world and enjoying college life with the help of friends and family. In this video, Max shares his story, as well as challenges, common misconceptions about Duchenne, and advice for kids and parents.

How to Communicate with your Healthcare Providers

Once someone with Duchenne is in their teenage years, they will need to transition from a pediatric to an adult clinic. Knowing what to say to a doctor, and how, can be difficult, but this video has some useful tips. Sarah Tencer, MSW, talks about what to expect in your appointment, how to prepare for it, and what to do afterwards.

Challenging yourself

Being challenged doesn’t have to be a negative experience – it can allow you to achieve and grow. In this video, Sarah Tencer, MSW, talks about how setting GROW and SMART goals can provide positive challenges to help you take your life in the direction that you want it to go. She also discusses resilience and identifying the tools that will help you to cope when things don’t go as planned.

Achieving independence

As adulthood approaches, individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy may want to start thinking about how to achieve an independent lifestyle. In this video, Sarah Tencer, MSW, gives advice on managing money by setting realistic goals, and accessing public benefits. She also offers tips on entering employment, and what people may want to consider when searching for a place to live.

Managing transitions in Duchenne medical care

In this video, Amaris Sanchez, psychologist and expert in the formation of identity, talks about transitions in Duchenne medical care. This includes what needs to happen as part of an effective healthcare transition, who is involved and where to go for more information. This video is in Spanish.

Guidelines for healthy eating

Eating well is essential to optimize the well-being and lifespan of people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In this video, dietitian nutritionist Sandra Arévalo-Valencia talks about how to select meals for healthy weight maintenance and bone health. This video is in Spanish.