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Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Begins Partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center | Print |

Partnership introduces individuals with developmental disabilities to nature and rescued animals

The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) and the Chattahoochee Nature Center want to introduce adults with developmental disabilities to the wonders of nature and the programs offered by the nature and wildlife center.   Clients and staff from all three training centers will travel to the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell to enjoy personal contact with plants, animals and the Nature Center.

LaTrina Foster, Director of BHDD emphasized the value of the new partnership. “Each month, our individuals will have a different experience with the nature center and enjoy the wonderful programing that they offer.   Our partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center continues our focus on building the social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills of individuals we serve through exposure to normal activities that all people can experience.

The partnership will also include regular visits by representatives from the Chattahoochee Nature Center to the three Training Centers. Kim Hakimian, Outreach & Partnership Coordinator for Chattahoochee Nature Center, described the animals that they will bring to the centers. “Because we are a rehabilitation center that means that we have non-releasable wildlife. Something happened to them, they have been injured, or they are used to being around people too much, and so we have specimens from turtles to snakes to possums to a variety of raptors that we bring to centers so people get a close-up experience with those animals,” says Hakimian.

BHDD will use vans to transport center participants to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.   The three Centers include

North Training Center
5025 Roswell Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Telephone: (404) 303-6166alt

Central Training Center
425 Langhorn Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Telephone: (404) 752-8766alt

South Training Center
2605 Fairburn Road, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Telephone: (404) 346-8365alt

For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-6385alt. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.

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