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Partnership with Elizabethtown College
In February, we announced a partnership with Dr. Tyminski at Elizabethtown College.  Dr. Tyminski teachers a class on special education that every teaching student must take.  Our goal is to not only give these students hands on experience working with people with developmental delays, but also time with parents to learn and understand our concerns, issues, and praises with the education system.   This will, hopefully, be an ongoing relationship with the potential to touch 25+ soon to be teachers each semester! These students have been hard at work setting up science classes, music classes, presenting at our meetings, and interacting with our families!  

Please, if you have the ability, please consider coming to some of the events on which they are working.  We are helping to prepare these students for working with individuals with developmental delays by allowing them to interact with our children and us, as parents.  This is the next generation of teachers - what a great opportunity!

Training for Lancaster's First Responders!
LDSA, Excentia, and the First Responder Training Facility presented to two groups of first responders on Wednesday, March 25th.  Excentia did a fantastic job with the information and presentation.  They also will be creating a video of the training.  We will be presenting this to the International Down Syndrome Coalition to possibly use as a national training program.  This will be an ongoing training in Lancaster and I'm happy to say we had great feedback from those that attended!
Be a Dadvocate!
Are you a Dad, Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, Brother, etc. to a child with a disability and feel like you want be more involved in advocating for your loved one? LDSA is putting together a Dadvocate group for just that purpose.  The Dads are looking to setup their first meeting and Casey is looking into the details for this group to run a golf tournament fundraiser in the Spring!  Please email dadvocate@lancasterdsa.orgfor more information.
Partnership with Celebrate Down Syndrome
As you may have noticed, LDSA and CDS have decided to co-sponsor more events in the community.  While LDSA has always supported the social activities from CDS, we are very excited to make many of these a more official partnership - look for much more of this as the year continues!
321 Dance!
Speaking of partnering with CDS, we are working with CDS on plans to reschedule this dance as a combined effort!  We are looking at dates in late September or Early October.  As soon as we have a commitment from all parties involved, we will definitely let you know!

Sports Clinics!                                
Thank you for everyone who has taken advantage of the sports clinics - we have enjoyed them immensely! We are taking a short break from the clinics in April and May due to really busy schedules! Keep a lookout here for updates!
Play Dates every 2nd Sunday!
Come join us every Second Sunday from 12-2 for lunch and a playdate at Pequea BIC Church!  Please email to RSVP or for more information. 

As a special treat for April, the students from Elizabethtown will be having a scientists in training center!  Come see what their program is all about.  

Upcoming Events involving LDSA and YOU!

4/11 - Second Sunday Playdate (click here)
  • With Scientists in Training program
4/25 - Music Class (click here)
4/25 - Scientists in Training (click here)
4/26 - Monthly Town Hall Meetings (click here)

New Parent Outreach (click here)
Volunteers! (click here)

Other Community Events:
  • Pequea Church Toddler Playdates (click here)
  • Pequea Church Respite (click here) - April 24th 5:30 - 7:30
Second Sunday Playdate
Every Second Sunday from 12-2pm, LDSA & CDS host a playdate for children with developmental disabilities and their siblings at the gymnasium at Pequea Church.  We will have time to play, socialize, and eat (lunch will be provided)!  Although you can just show up - we will have an RSVP to so that we have an idea of how much food is needed for lunch.
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Upcoming Meetings
Our April Town Hall meeting is the rescheduled meeting from February featuring S. June Smith Speech Therapist, Anne Leonhart.  The meetings are now being held at the Excentia Buidling on Prince Street that newly houses the S. June Smith program.  Our meetings are the 4th Sunday of the month (April 26th) with dinner served and childcare provided free of charge by Pequea Pals.  Please RSVP to

We will be skipping the May meeting as it would be over Memorial Day weekend.  

Our June meeting will be Graystone Manor Therapeutic Riding

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New Parent Outreach
We have new parent information delivered to Woman and Babies and available to be delivered to Lancaster Regional.  We have also delivered informational books to Maternal Fetal Medicine and several OB and Pediatrician offices.  Please contact us at if you would like to help.
Volunteers needed!!
Do you LOVE what we are doing?  We would LOVE to have to you help us!  We don't need you to donate hours and hours of your time - we know everyone is busy, but we really could use the help on some of our upcoming projects!  Even an hour a month could help us tremendously!  Please email us at if you are interested in helping us in any way!
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Pequea Church Toddler Playdates
Pequea Church offers a monthly playdate for Toddlers in their gym.  All toddlers and siblings are welcome.  The playdate occurs every Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 with snack after.  Please contact for more information.

LDSA works on the concept of partnering with other community organizations in order to bring the best resources to you!  We would like to thank our partners because they allow us to do MUCH more than we could ever do ourselves!

       Kiki Davis                                                 Kristen Kondratowski
       M.S,OTR/L                                                        Pequea Pals
Dr. Carroll Tyminski
Associate Professor of Education
Elizabethtown College
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