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!


January 2019 Events Calendar. Please call 231.922.0903 to let us know if you need the calendar in a different format.

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

Peer Advocacy Group Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. at Riverview Terrace Community Room. Call 231.922.0903 to request info in a different format.

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Join our staff and connect with your peers at our Peer Advocacy Group on Thursday, January 10, 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!

DNNM MEN’S GROUP – Tuesday, January 8, 2:00 p.m.

DNNM Men's Group on Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at Disability Network. 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, January 8, 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

LUNCH & A MOVIE – Friday, January 25, 12:00 p.m.

Lunch and a Movie - "Selma" on Friday, January 25, at 12 p.m. Call 231.922.0903 to request the info in a different format.

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Join us for Lunch and Movie on Friday, January 25, from 12 – 2 p.m. at our office. Bring your lunch and we’ll supply the popcorn!

“Selma” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION – Monday, Jan. 28, 3:00 p.m.

Volunteer Orientation Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. Call 231.922.0903 to request info in a different format.

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Get involved and make a difference!  Join us on Monday, January 28, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for our Volunteer Orientation at our Traverse City office.  Learn about our mission, the ways you can volunteer, and gather more information on Centers for Independent Living and the Disability Movement.

Fill out a volunteer application and get started today!

RSVP with Demarie by January 21, at or call 231.922.0903 ext.321.


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.  This group is taking a break for a bit, but continue to 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This group will resume meetings on March 1, 2019

For questions or additional information about this group contact our Disability Network Petoskey volunteer, Faith – 231.347.9325

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Check out the Disability Beyond Barriers (Emmet County) facebook page!


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