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.

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!


May Events Calendar. Call 231.922.0903 to request the information in a different format.

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PEER ADVOCACY GROUP – Thursday, May 9, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Peer Advocacy Group Thursday, May 9, from 3 - 4 p.m. at Riverview Terrace Community Room. Call 231.922.0903 to request this information in a different format.

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Join our staff and connect with your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, May 9, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Riverview Terrace Community Room. The Riverview Terrace is located at 150 Pine Street in downtown Traverse City.  Meet and socialize with your peers in the community.

This month we’ll be hosting a guest from The Red Cross who will be speaking about emergency preparedness. 

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!

DNNM MEN’S GROUP – Tuesday, May 21, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

DNNM Men's Group May 21 at 3 p.m. at Silver Spruce Brewing (439 Eight Street Traverse City). Call 231.922.0903 to request the information in a different format.

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Join us for our Disability Network Men’s Group on Tuesday, May 21, at 2 p.m. the Disability Network Office. (click here for directions around the E. Eighth Street Construction) We have decided to move this meeting from Silver Spruce Brewing (located at 439 E Eighth Street between DNNM and Family Video) to our Disability Network 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


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!


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