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, September 6 & 20, 1:00 – 4:00 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, September 6 & 20, from 1-4 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, September 14, 1:00 p.m.

Demarie and Marte stand next to Disability Network sign

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Join our staff and your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group.  This group has been on break for awhile and we’re picking it back up as we head into the fall season.  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!  Since this is the first meeting in awhile, we’ll be reconnecting, brainstorming topic ideas that interest you, and listen to your thoughts and ideas.  Come by yourself and meet new friends, or bring a friend with you.  We hope you can join us!


KNITTING & CROCHETING GROUP – Thursday, Sept. 7 & 21, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Knitting and Crocheting group August 4 and 11, 3 - 4:30 pm


We’re bringing back our DNKAC group! Join us on Thursday, September 7 & 21, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at our office located at 415 E. Eighth Street, Traverse City.

Bring your own project or start a new one! Our instructors will be on hand to help you get started and we’ll have supplies to share with the group. Just becuase it’s warm outside doesn’t mean you can’t knit or crochet and start prepping for the cooler weather ahead. Learn a new skill, meet new friends, and get invovled!

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


(DAWN) DISABILITY AND WOMEN NORTH – Friday, Sept. 29, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Disability and Women North group on September 29, from 1 - 2:30 pm at Disability Network office.

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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, September 29, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  We’ll watch “Temple Grandin – The Movie” and have a discussion after.  Popcorn will be provided.  We’ll also be brainstorming additional meeting ideas and outings!

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





CP CONNECT – Friday, September 29, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

CP Connect Group Friday, September 29, 3pm - 4pm

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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.  Join us on Friday, September 29, from 3:00 – 4:00 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.





September 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!


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