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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ADULT COLORING and PAINTING – Thursday, Jan. 4, 3:00 p.m.

Samir coloring.Get creative with us and try out coloring & painting in the new year!  Coloring and painting can bring joy and help with relaxation.  Come by yourself and meet new friends, or bring a friend with you.  We’ll have all the supplies, coloring sheets, paints, paper, colored pencils and more.  Join us on Thursday, January 4, at 3 p.m.  Get creative with us!

Let Demarie know if you plan to attend, so we can make sure we have enough supplies to go around. RSVP by emailing Demarie or call her at 231.922.0903 ext. 321





DNNM Holiday Light Float


Join us to recap our participation in the Holiday Light Parade this year and plan ahead for 2018!  Come share your thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.  Let us know what can be improved, what worked this year, and what we should change for next year.

Your input is valuable and we want to hear from YOU!  




ASK THE STAFF – Wednesday Jan. 10 and 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, January 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!





PEER ADVOCACY GROUP – Thursday, Jan. 11, 3:00 p.m.

Demarie and Marte stand next to Disability Network sign

Record-Eagle/Tessa Lighty


Join our staff and your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, January 11, at 3 p.m.  This group has been on break for a while and we’re picking it back up as we enter into new year.

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!

GAME DAY – Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m.

A collection of board games.


Game ON!  Join us on Thursday, January 18, at 12:30 p.m. for a fun afternoon of games.  We’ll have a selection of board games on hand for you to select from, or bring your favorite with you to share with the group. This is FREE to attend, and all abilities are welcome to join in the fun.  Share your skills with other peers, meet and socialize with old friends, and meet new friends!  Come join in the gaming fun.




DAWN GROUP – Friday, Jan. 26, 1:00 p.m.

DAWN Group January 26, at 3 p.m.


Join our Disability And Women North (DAWN) group on Friday, January 26, at 1 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  This group is led by women for women!  DAWN is women’s group where women 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.  Share your thoughts, barriers, and inspirations in a safe place with a thoughtful group of supportive individuals.  Come solo to check it out or bring a friend with you.

We’ll continue to brainstorm additional meeting ideas and outings for 2018!




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

CP Connect Group meeting January 26, at 3 p.m.


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.  Join us on Friday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m. at our office located at 415 E. Eighth Street, Traverse City (parking is in rear of building).

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.




LUNCH & A MOVIE – Tuesday, Jan. 30, 12:00 p.m.

Popcorn and a Movie - January 30, at 12 p.m.


Bring your sack lunch and join us for the movie, “Inside I’m Dancing” on Tuesday, January 30, at 12:00 p.m.  Watch the trailer and get ready for this Irish comedy-drama.

It was released in 2004 and revolves around two disabled young men who pursue physical and emotional independence in direct defiance of “protective” institutional living and their society’s prevailing standards and attitudes, especially pity.




January 20185 Events Calendar


Disabilities Beyond Barriers will be taking a meeting break over the holidays and there will be no meeting in December.  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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