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!

Check out the Disability Network Advocacy Council Facebook page!


ASK THE STAFF – Wednesday, July 5 & 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Do you have barriers that you are working through? We all do. Let us help. Bring your questions and/or paperwork that you may need help with, and let our staff help you navigate through whatever barriers you are experiencing.  We’re here to answer questions, help connect you to resources, and listen.

Join us on two Wednesdays, July 5 & 19, from 1-3 p.m. at our Traverse City Office located at 415 E. Eighth St., Traverse City, MI 49686.  This is FREE to attend and no appointment is needed.  Just pop into our office on either of these days, and we’re here to help!





CP CONNECT – Friday, July 28, 8:30 p.m. at the TCFF Open Space

TC Film Festival July 25 - 30, 2017Join us for CP Connect on Friday, July 28, at dusk around 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse City Film Festival Open Space.  The group will be enjoying the FREE movie “What About Bob?”  Bring a blanket, a cozy chair, and your own refreshments to pair with the movie.  Let’s get out and enjoy this summer!

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.  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.


(DAWN) DISABILITY AND WOMEN NORTH – Friday, July 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Disabilities And Women North (D.A.W.N.) meeting July 28, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

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DAWN is woman’s group where woman living with a disability come to share in discussion and support each other. This is a safe place to share your experiences, ask questions, and meet other women living with disabilities.

Join us on Friday, July 28, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  We’ll discuss how you define yourself and also be brainstorming additional meeting ideas and outings!

To RSVP or for additional information contact Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext.321





SOCIAL SECURITY Q & A – Tuesday, August 8, by appointment

Social Security Q & A on August 8 - call 231.922.0903 to schedule an appointment

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Do you have specific questions about your social security benefits? Do you wonder how much money you can make or what happens if you go over that amount? We’re here to help.

Call (231) 922 – 0903 today to schedule your appointment for Tuesday, August 8, between 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.!

Schedule time on August 8, to talk with a DNNM staff member that is dedicated to answering your questions about your benefits. You’ll need to bring your information to the appointment so our staff can help navigate your specific questions.







July 2017 Events Calendar



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

Check out the Disability Beyond Barriers (Emmet County) facebook page!


Stay connected…

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Twitter: @DisNetNM@DisabilityNetworkNM