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 these 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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Check out the Disability Network Advocacy Council Facebook page!



May 2018 Events Calendar

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PEER ADVOCACY GROUP – Thursday, May 10, at 3:00 p.m.

Bill and Samir at Friday Night Live at the DNNM Info Desk.


Join our staff and connect with your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, May 10, at 3 p.m.  Meet and socialize with your peers in the community.  Learn how to advocate for your needs and the needs of others.  Learn leadership skills.  Voice what is important to you!

We’ll be connecting, 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!



ASK THE STAFF – Thursday, May 10, 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 Thursday, May 10, 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 this day, and we’re here to help!





DNNM MEN’S GROUP – Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

DNNM Men's Group May 22, 2 - 3 p.m. at the DNNM office. Phone 231.922.0903 to receive this information in a different format.

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Join us for our new Disability Network Men’s Group on Tuesday, May 22, at 2 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 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



HOUSING QUESTIONS & ANSWERS – Thursday, May 24, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

More information coming soon….

Contact Demarie Jones at 231.922.0903 ext. 321, or email her at to find out more information and to reserve your spot.


CP CONNECT – Friday, May 25, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for CP Connect on Friday, May 25, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. at our office. Phone 231.922.0903 to request this information in a different format.

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Join us at this special CP Connect Round Table with Michigan State Representatives, Curt Vanderwall, Larry Inman, and Triston Cole, on Friday, April 27, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce.  Voice your concerns and successes!

Call Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext. 321 to RSVP, request accommodations and find out how you can join the meeting remotely.

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, May 25, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at our office located at 415 E. Eighth Street, Traverse City  (parking and main entrance are located in rear of building). Check out the Facebook page below for more info.

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.


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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