Advocacy Council (DNAC)
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 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!
Check out the Disability Network Advocacy Council Facebook page!
GRAND TRAVERSE EVENTS CALENDAR: October 2018
PEER ADVOCACY GROUP – Thursday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m.
Join our staff and connect with your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, October 11, at 3 p.m. at Riverview Terrace Community Room. Riverview Terrace is located at 150 Pine Street in downtown Traverse City. 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 – Wednesday, October 10, and 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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 Wednesday, October 10, and October 24, 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, October 16, 2:00 p.m.
Join us for our Disability Network Men’s Group on Tuesday, October 16, 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
HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE MEETING – Monday, Oct. 8 & Oct. 22, 3:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome! Come bring your creative ideas for this year’s float, meet new friends, and have FUN!
We are going to enter a float in the Downtown Traverse City Holiday Light Parade this season and need YOUR help. Our theme this year is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and we’re focusing on the “Island of the Misfit Toys.” We’re celebrating all abilities and inclusion!
The Holiday Light Parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, but it will be here before we know it.
Get involved in this fun and creative community event.
FALL OPEN HOUSE – Thursday, October 25, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Please join us for our Fall Open House on Thursday, October 25, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at our office.
Meet members of our staff, learn about the services we offer, tour our office, and enjoy light refreshments.
Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the fall, festive fun!
Our office is located at 415 E. Eight Street in Traverse City. Our parking and main entrance are located in the rear of our building. Hope to see you there!
KNITTING & WEAVING GROUP – Thursday, October 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
We’re bringing back our Knitting & Weaving Group! Join us on Thursday, October 26, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at our office located at 415 E. Eighth Street, Traverse City. (Our parking and main entrance is located in the rear of our building.)
We’ll start a weaving on a small loom and talk about different techniques. Bring your own project or start a new one! We’ll have supplies to share with the group, and staff will be on hand to help you get started. Learn a new skill, meet new friends, and get involved!
If you have questions, contact Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext.321.
CP CONNECT – Friday, September 28, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
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 28, 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.
Stay in touch and find out the latest updates by joining the Cerebral Palsy and Physical Disabled Group of Northwest Michigan Facebook group.
Our Emmet County peer to peer group, Disabilities Beyond Barriers, has joined forces with the Northern Advocacy Group (NAG). The combined group will meet the first and third Friday of the month at 12 p.m. at the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center, located at 820 Arlington Ave., Petoskey, MI 49770.
For questions or additional information about this group contact our Disability Network Petoskey volunteer, Faith – 231.347.9325
Check out the Disability Beyond Barriers (Emmet County) facebook page!