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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March 2018 events calendar. Please let us know if you need it in a different format. 231.922.0903



 BATA ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION – Thursday, March 8, 3:00 p.m.

BATA Round Table Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at Disability NetworkJoin our staff and your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. for our BATA Round Table Discussion.  This event will take place at Disability Network.*

A representative from BATA will join us to answer your questions, listen to your comments, and hear about your personal experience riding BATA.  We hope you’ll join us for this hour, one-on-one discussion.  Your voice matters!

A big thank you to our DNNM Peer Advocacy Group for organizing this event.

*Our office is located at 415 E. Eighth Street, Traverse City, MI 49686.  We’re located between Family Video and “The Box” with parking in rear of the building.



KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP – Friday, March 9, 3:00 p.m.

Knitting and Crocheting group February 9, at 3:00 p.m.


We’re bringing back our DNKAC group! Join us on Friday, March 9, at 3:00 p.m. at our office located at 415 E. Eighth Street, Traverse City.

Bring your own project or start a new one! We’ll have supplies to share with the group, and our instructors will be on hand to help you get started. Learn a new skill, meet new friends, and get involved!

Please RSVP and/or If you have questions, contact Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext.321.




ASK THE STAFF – Thursday March 15 and 29, 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 Thursdays, March 15 & 29, 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!

NEW meeting day, Thursday, starting in March – March 15 and March 29!



GAME DAY – Thursday, March 15, 12:30 p.m.

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Game ON!  Join us on Thursday, March 15, 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.





NEW! MEN’S GROUP – Tuesday, March 20, 1:00 p.m.

New! Men's Group Tuesday, March 20, 1 p.m. Please let us know if you need the information in a different format. 231.922.0903.


Join us for our new Disability Network Men’s Group starting on Tuesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  This group is for men in our community seeking support, an opportunity to learn new skills, and a chance to connect with other men with disabilities.  Group facilitator, David Prince, will introduce himself and initiate conversation among members.

Our men’s group encourages individuals to bring up concerns they have relating to their disabilities and issues they are experiencing around the community with accessibility to facilities and services.  We will also work on managing stress and frustrations, conduct group activities and role playing, and brainstorm other ideas and topics for future meetings.

If you have additional questions please contact David Prince, at 231.922.0903 ext. 329



CP CONNECT – No meeting in March

CP Connect Group, Friday, February 23, at 3 p.m. at the DNNM Office.

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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.  There’s no meeting in March, but please check out the Facebook page below.  The meetings usually take place 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, March 27, 12:00 p.m.

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

Bring your sack lunch and join us for the movie, If I had Wings on Tuesday, March 27, at 12:00 p.m.

Seventeen-year-old Alex Taylor dreams of running for his high school’s cross-country team, a dream that’s a bit out of reach, as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Alex’s father, Probation Officer Geoff Taylor, finds a running partner from the unlikeliest of sources, in native youth Brad Coleman, who spends most of his time running from the law. Now the two boys just have to overcome the many prejudices of the coach, the track team members, Alex’s overprotective mother, and even themselves for Alex to make his run for the County championship.

Watch the trailer and get ready for this drama.



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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