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, April 5 & 19, 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, April 5 & 19, 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 in March (March 1 or March 15), and we’re here to help!





ADULT COLORING – Thursday, April 13, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

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Adult coloring is back!  Join us on Thursday, April 13, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  We’ll have all the supplies you need to relax and enjoy coloring.  Lower your stress levels, enjoy time with new friends, and try something new!  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



DNNM JOB CLUB – Monday, April 10, and Monday, April 24, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Job Club is April 10 and 24, from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


We invite individuals with disabilities to join us on Monday, April 10, and Monday, April 24, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at our office for the DNNM Job Club!

Our job club is a great opportunity to build your resume, interview skills, network, and find out insider’s tips on employment.

All abilities are welcome to this free and informative club. Contact Bill Zimmer with questions at 231.922.0903 ext. 314.

 VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION – Thursday, April 27, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Volunteer Orientation April 27, 1 - 2:30 p.m.


We want YOU to join our volunteer team!  We’re always looking for dedicated volunteers to join our team and get involved.  Join us on Thursday, April 27, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at our Traverse City office for our volunteer orientation.

You’ll learn about our mission, the different ways that you can be involved, how Centers for Independent Living were created, and a brief history of the disability movement.  Click here to fill out our volunteer application.

We welcome people of all abilities to become involved.  

Please RSVP with Demarie by April 24, by calling 231.922.0903 ext. 321 or

(DAWN) DISABILITY AND WOMEN NORTH – Friday, March, 31, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Disability And Women North (DAWN) will meet on March 31 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, March 31, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. as we continue the discussion on being your own best friend.  Please bring one thing that inspires you (poem, picture, book, or a description of whatever it is) to share with the group.  We’ll also be brainstorming additional meeting ideas and outings!

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





GRAND TRAVERSE CALENDAR: March 2017 & April 2017

March 2017 Events Calendar

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April 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…

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Twitter: @DisNetNM@DisabilityNetworkNM