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!



August Events Calendar. Please let us know if you need it in a different format. 231.922.0903

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PEER ADVOCACY GROUP – Thursday, August 9, 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, August 9, 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, August 8 and 22, 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 Wednesday, August 8 and August 22, 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, August 21, 2:00 p.m.

Men's Group August 21, at 2 p.m. Call 231.922.0903 for more information or if you need the info in a different format.

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Join us for our new Disability Network Men’s Group on Tuesday, August 21, 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


FARMER’S MARKET ADVENTURE – Wednesday, August 29, 9:00 a.m.

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Have you been curious about the Traverse City Farmer’s Market, but not sure where to start or would like someone to go with?  Well, we have you covered.  Join Demarie Jones for a Farmer’s Market Adventure on Wednesday, August 29, at 9:00 a.m.  Meet at the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce building located at 202 E. Grandview Parkway by the Boardman River, and then you’ll walk together across the street to the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market.  Bring your shopping list, cash for your purchases, and a reusable tote.  Enjoy the smells, colors, and sounds of the fresh market!


CP CONNECT – Friday, August 31, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

CP Connect Friday, August 31, 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, August 31, 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 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

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