Since we've decided to refocus back to our original mission, this means that most of the work we do will involve working with other local/state/national organizations to pull together these ideas we have. There are so many amazing organizations here in Lancaster that can help you and your family, so we are going to take time each month to highlight a few of these organizations so that you know exactly why they are here and what they do! This month, we present the Arc of Lancaster County and Graystone Manor TRC.
The Arc of Lancaster County
The Arc of Lancaster County has a very similar mission to our own and we look forward to partnering closely with them to fulfill our goals to make Lancaster County a more inclusive place for people with Down syndrome.
The Arc of Lancaster County’s mission is empowering Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to lead full, satisfying, independent lives of their choice.
The Arc of Lancaster County promotes the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout their life. They work to include all individuals with ID/D to live in the community with appropriate support. The agency was founded by parents in 1962 as they sought services for their children with disabilities. They provide support for these individuals and their families through:
- Advocacy (individual, education and systems) for people with I/DD;
- Sibshop, a fun gathering with snacks, games and activities for children who have a brother/sister with a disability;
- Training on issues of relevance for adults with disabilities, families, businesses and other community groups
- Disability Awareness Training showing all people have gifts and challenges and all people have value, for schools, businesses, and community organizations;
- Arc Angel Program, coordinating gifts from community members for an individual(s) with intellectual;/developmental disabilities who may have no family and/or has limited resources, and resides in a supported environment or state center
Connect with them on their website (thearcoflancasterco.org), Facebook (facebook.com/TheArcOfLancasterCounty), and their blog Arc Chatter (ArcChatter.blogspot.com)
We will also continue to list their upcoming events and fundraisers in our newsletter.
Greystone Manor TRC
Greystone Manor TRC has been providing therapeutic riding services to the Lancaster County area since 1981. They began with only 7 riders and now have over 50 riders per week participating in each session, with more on the waiting list. Their youngest rider was 3 and oldest rider in their 70's! Their mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities.
Greystone Manor offers mounted and unmounted clinics and they work with a variety of types of disabilities including ADHD, Depression, Down syndrome, and Stroke patients. Our instructors are either PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) or PACTH (Pennsylvania Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship) Registered and trained instructors. There is cognitive benefits to riding, physical benefits, and emotional benefits. Riders will learn to understand cause and effect of their actions because they can see how their attitude and stress level effects the horse. Some rides who cannot walk, have theopportunity to experience a walking sensation while on the back of a horse.
Although their services are not typically a billable service (their instructors are not therapists, the therapy is done by the horses), they do offer scholarships for those who show financial need.
For more information about the program, please call 717-651-9222, or visit the website http://greystonemanortrc.org, or Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Greystone-Manor-Therapeutic-Riding-Center/224606204264635?fref=ts
If you are interested in volunteering with Greystone Manor, please call the volunteer coordinator at 717-203-7388. If you are interested in helping with events, please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-314-0291.
Upcoming Events and more:
Pequea Church Respite
We will be continuing our new parent outreach to deliver up to date and accurate information to parents at hospitals and MFM offices. If you are able to help out with this, please let us know. You can contact email@example.com if you would like to help.
Pequea Pals will be holding their summer respite on Friday, July 24 from 5-8pm. The respite takes place at Pequea Church (40 Church Road Lancaster, PA 17603). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of camps from the IU that are friendly for children with special needs. Click here.
Camp PARC has provided a camping experience for individuals since 1960. Our camp for individuals with mental disabilities will be holding a camp for individuals ages 6-17, July 19-22 at Laurel Hill State Park near Somerset, PA. We still have openings for this session. Each camper will be paired with a counselor and a peer buddy. The cost is $175. Attached is a flyer describing this year's camping theme session. Hopefully you know someone who would love to be a star as we shout out "Hooray for Hollywood". I would appreciate you sharing this information with individuals that might be interested in a resident camp experience. For more information see our website atwww.campparc.org or call 814-410-5343. Individuals that would like to take part need to call as soon as possible so that staff is secured before the camping session.
New Parent Outreach
Other Local Down syndrome Events
Celebrate Down Syndrome Summer Picnic - Your family is invited to Celebrate Down Syndrome's summer picnic! This will be an evening of fun summer games, activities, food and fellowship for everyone!
Pulled pork sandwiches and drinks will be provided! Please bring a side dish or dessert to share!
Saturday, July 25th 4pm-7pm
Ephrata Township community Park
RSVP by July 17 to Contact@celebrateDS.org
or call 717-723-6861 for questions!
T21 Club Down Syndrome Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo - This is a fantastic event! I highly recommend attending as it's a great way to connect with other families. Beware though, that it is very packed and there is alot going on.
Sunday, September 13th
RSVP by August 22
Cost $20pp (under 2 are free)
Please check out their facebook page for more information on the event! Click Here.
Volunteers are always fantastic! We could specifically use help with new parent outreach and anyone who is interested in taking on a piece of one of our upcoming projects. We are also looking for someone who is interested in grant writing. Please email us at email@example.com if you are interested in helping us in any way!