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I just came across this and think it sounds like a wonderful program, combining aid for TBI survivors and wildlife conservation. It's in New York state, but there might be similar programs elsewhere. Anyone know?

From The Daily News:

NAPLES, NY -- Headquartered in Canandaigua, NY, Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides services for adults with acquired and traumatic brain injury. Their mission is "to aid individuals with a traumatic brain injury in bridging the gap between surviving and living lives of independence with dignity and hope." Their program helps members rebuild necessary skills while enhancing their quality of life through creative approaches, education, responsibility, and fun.

"Wildlife Defenders" is a wildlife conservation outreach effort conducted by Bridges For Brain Injury, Inc.'s program members. Bringing live native and exotic species, the Defenders visit schools, senior facilities, and community events to introduce audiences to their animal ambassadors and encourage awareness about environmental and wildlife conservation. Members also discuss brain injury issues and the importance of safety and prevention practices. The program allows members to work on personal goals such as socialization, organization, communication, memory retention, planning, and pre-employment skills. Wildlife Defenders is a fully operational, licensed and USDA approved wildlife conservation outreach program, certified to handle and house more than 37 species of exotic and native wildlife.

Regular admission ot Cumming Nature Center is a requested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. Admission is free for RMSC members.

For information and directions, go to or call (585) 374-6160.

Meet wildlife ambassadors and their friends at special programs this fall at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples.

"Wildlife Defenders," a program of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc., will give presentations at 11 a.m. on Sept. 12 and 25, Oct. 14 and 23 and Nov. 4. Admission is $2 per person in addition the nature center admission.

See the original article at The Daily News Online, serving Genesee, Wyoming, and Orleans (NY) counties.

If you live anywhere near Naples, NY, you might want to look into this program. Also, to find out more about Bridges for Brain Injury, visit their web site.

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