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


Grand Traverse County

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 Jennifer – 231.922.0903  ext. 319

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, February 1 & 15, 1 – 3 p.m.

Paperwork Stacked Up


Do you have barriers that you are working through? Let us help. Bring your questions or paperwork that you may need help with, and let our staff help you navigate through your barriers.  Join us on two Wednesdays, February 1 & 15, 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. 




MAKE YOUR OWN VALENTINES – Wednesday, February 8, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Scandinavian Heart



Love wins!  Learn a new craft and share the love with us this February.  We’ll be creating hand-made valentines on Wednesday, February 8, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. Make a special card for anyone in your life that you love!  Bring a friend or come by yourself and meet new people.  We’ll have all the supplies for this FREE and FUN craft! 





NEW! GAME DAY – Thursday, February 16, 1 – 3:00 p.m.

A collection of board games.


Get your game on with DNNM!  We’ll be hosting a fun for all, game day on Thursday, February 16, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  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.

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



DAWN goes to PICNIC AT THE OPERA – Wednesday, February 15, 12 – 1:00 p.m

Picnic at the Opera House in Traverse City

Join our Disability And Women North (DAWN) group for an exciting afternoon at the Opera.  Bring your lunch and join us at Picnic at the Opera on February 15, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Hosts Mariam Pico and David Chown entertain the audience at this live, TV-like variety show. This event is free and all abilities are welcome.

Performers scheduled for the February 15, performance include: Benjaman James, The Dance Center, Anne-Marie Oomen, Here: Say Storyteller Larry Heitman, Sarah Brunner, Traverse City West High School Musical, NMC’s Canticum Novum


 (DAWN) DISABILITY AND WOMEN NORTH – Friday, February, 24, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Disabilities and Woman North Group on Feb. 24, from 1 - 2:30 p.m.


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, February 24, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. as we brainstorm meeting ideas and outings!

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





Grand Traverse County Calendar: February 2017

February 2017 calendar

February 2017 Events Calendar

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Emmet County

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