Advocacy Council (DNAC)

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Do you have a disability and are over the age of 18?  

Do you know someone that may want to join our peer to peer disability advocacy council?

Our Advocacy Council (DNAC) welcomes all individuals with disabilities who are age 18 or older.  This group is organized and lead primarily by it’s members, and offers fantastic opportunities to learn from other peers, engage in the community, and gain support.

DNAC main focuses are:

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Building Social Connections
  • Leadership Skills
  • Providing Ongoing Support for Member’s Realistic Goals for their Future


All abilities are welcome to attend this free and fun peer to peer group activities.  Bring a friend or come by yourself and meet new friends!  We value your participation and ideas.  Because these are organized activities we ask that you RSVP if you plan to attend these activities.  Please RSVP with Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext.321.

For questions or additional information contact Demarie – 231.922.0903  ext. 321

Do you have an idea for a topic or something to share with our DNAC group? Let us know by sending us a note!

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PEER ADVOCACY GROUP – Thursday, November 9, 3:00 p.m.

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Join our staff and your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, November 9, at 3 p.m.  This group has been on break for awhile and we’re picking it back up as we head into the fall season.  Meet and socialize with your peers in the community.  Learn how to advocate for your needs and the needs of others.  Voice what is important to you!  We’ll be reconnecting, brainstorming topic ideas that interest you, and listening to your thoughts and ideas.  Come by yourself and meet new friends, or bring a friend with you.  We hope you can join us!



Help us build a holiday parade float! The holiday parade is on December 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Traverse City.

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Disability Network has been invited to participate in the Downtown Traverse City Holiday Parade to welcome Santa on Friday, December 1, starting at 5:30 p.m.  We are in need of people to help design, create, and participate on the float.  We need YOU!  Join us several days to help plan and create the float.

FLOAT COMMITTEE MEETING DATES:  (come to all, or come to what your time allows)

Wednesday, November 1, at 3:30 p.m. at Disability Network (415 E. Eighth St, Traverse City)

Monday, November 6, 13, 20, 27, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at Disability Network (415 E. Eighth St, Traverse City)

The Holiday Parade will take place in downtown Traverse City on Friday, December 1, starting at 6:30 p.m.  More details coming soon.

Have Questions? Contact Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext. 321


CP CONNECT – Coming back soon….

CP Connect October 27, 3-4:30 p.m. at DNNM

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CP Connect is a group for individuals with Cerebral Palsy to come together to connect, build friendships, and share resources.  Be part of this new group and voice what matters to you.  We are taking a brief break during the holidays and this group will rejoin soon.  Please stay tuned and continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates.

Share your ideas, resources, experiences, and thoughts in a safe place with others who understand.

Stay in touch and find out the latest updates by joining the Cerebral Palsy and Physical Disabled Group of Northwest Michigan Facebook group.





November Events Calendar

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Our Emmet County peer to peer group, Disabilities Beyond Barriers, meets the third Friday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the John and Marie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center, located at 820 Arlington Avenue, Petoskey, MI 49770.  Phone: (800) 248-6777

For questions or additional information contact Sherrie – 231.922.0903  ext. 316

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