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!



Your voice matters!  You’ll have two opportunities to join in the discussion and offer your input for Michigan’s Common Disability Agenda.

  • Identify priorities for Michigan’s future.
  • Make recommendations for policy change or new programs and supports
  • Share what’s important to you!

Who should attend?

  • People with Disabilities, Family Members, Policy Makers, Providers, Advocates, Caregivers.
MISILC Traverse City May 9, 1 - 4 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 9, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Traverse City District Library located at 610 Woodmere Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686.  Visit and register today!  You can also register by calling (517) 371-4872 ext. 103 or emailing, and leave a message with the date that you’ll be attending.


MISILC Alpena May 31, 1 - 4 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 31, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at AMA ESD located at 2118 US-23, Alpena, MI 49707.  Visit and register today!  You can also register by calling (517) 371-4872 ext. 103 or emailing, and leave a message with the date that you’ll be attending.


ASK THE STAFF – Wednesday, May 10 & 24, 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, May 10 & 24, 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!





GAME DAY – Thursday, May 18, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Game Day is back!  Join us on Thursday, May 18, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  We’ll have a selection of board games to choose from, or bring your favorite to share with the group.  Relax, meet knew people and get your game on!  Come by yourself and meet new friends, or invite a friend to come with you.  This is FREE to attend, and all abilities are welcome to join in the fun.

Let us know you’re coming!  Please RSVP with Veronica at 231.922.0903 ext. 318



 CP CONNECT – Friday, May 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

CP Connect, May 26, 3 - 4 p.m.

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Join us for our our first CP Connect meeting on Friday, May 26, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  This 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.

(DAWN) DISABILITY AND WOMEN NORTH – Friday, May 26, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Join DAWN on Friday, May 26, from 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, May 26, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  We’ll continue the discussion on being your own best friend.  We’ll also be brainstorming additional meeting ideas and outings!

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







May 2017 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

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


Stay connected…

Facebook: Disability Network / Northern Michigan

Twitter: @DisNetNM@DisabilityNetworkNM