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!



***Please note the change of date for our Men’s Group. It will be held on Tuesday, June 26, at 2 p.m.***

June Events Calendar. Call 231 922 0903 to request in a different format.

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PEER ADVOCACY GROUP – Thursday, June 14, at 3:00 p.m.

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Join our staff and connect with your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, June 14, 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, June 14 & 28, 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, June 14 and 28, 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, June 26, 2:00 p.m.

Men's Group June 26, at 2 p.m. at the DNNM office. Call 231 922 0903 to request information in a different format.

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Join us for our new Disability Network Men’s Group on Tuesday, June 26, 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


CP CONNECT – Friday, June 22, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

CP Connect, June 22, 3 - 4:30 p.m. at DNNM office. Call 231 922 0903 to request information in a different format.

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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, June 22, 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.





Our Emmet County peer to peer group, Disabilities Beyond Barriers, has joined forces with the Northern Advocacy Group (NAG). The combined group will meet on Friday, June 29, at 12 p.m. at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, located at 445 East Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770.  Phone: (231) 487-0000

For questions or additional information contact Sherrie – 231.922.0903  ext. 316

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