LDSA September Newsletter.
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BIG THINGS That are going on with LDSA!
October 2014 is proclaimed as Down Syndrome Awareness  Month in Lancaster!
On Tuesday, September 9th, the Mayor of Lancaster signed a proclamation recognizing October 2014 as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Lancaster!  Casey Roe and Phoebe were there to accept the proclamation.  Also look for a story about the proclamation and LDSA on October 1st in the Merchandiser!
Training for Lancaster's First Responders!
We are partnering with the Excentia and the First Responder Training facility to offer training to our first responders on interacting in our community with people with intellectual delays and disabilities.  The training will be taking place in early 
spring and we are very excited to be able to bring everyone together to make this happen!
Our Golf Tournament was a great success!  
It wasn't huge, but we made approximately a $2000 profit, which will go towards our sports clinics, play dates, and meetings! 
Thank you to our hole sponsors:
Majik Enterprises
Fenner Drives 
Turkey Hill
Keystone Industries
Lancaster Toyota
Sager Swisher
Thank you to our cart sponsors:
Connery Pham's family
Phoebe Roe's family

Upcoming Events involving LDSA and YOU!
Soccer & Gymnastics Registration is now available on our website (click here)!
There will be 2 gymnastics classes that you can check out this year (October 3rd and November 14th) and then we will be having them on the First Friday of the month starting in January!  With enough interest, we will up that to twice a month!  Come check out the gymnastics for just $3 per class!  There will be a maximum of 10 people per class.  Classes will be held at Accelerations Gymnastics in Lititz.

Soccer will be weekly for 4 weeks, but the first round will be a come and try it out session.  You can sign up for all 4 classes for $10, or just do individual classes for $5 each.  The dates for this are October 18 & 25 and November 1 & 8 and the time is 4-5pm at the Nook.  There will be a maximum of 10 people per class.  

Thank you to Coach Rossi at the Nook (who held a raffle to raise money for us), The Lancaster Polo Club (who are donating part of their proceeds from the Chili cook off) and our generous sponsors for the Golf tournament for allowing us to raise the money to offer this to our families!
Lancaster Polo Club's 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off to help benefit LDSA:
The money raised from people paying to taste the chili (just $5) is going to come back to LDSA!  The event is September 28th and there is still time to enter your chili (deadline September 23rd)!  Click here for more info.
LDSA will be volunteering at the Pequa Pal's 5K!
It's happening on October 4th!  The Pequea Pals is with Pequea BIC and they offer assistance to families during church who have kids with special needs.  They also offer childcare for all of our meetings!  Come visit us while you are at the 5k - LDSA will be working one of the water tables!  Get more information here!
LDSA will have a table at the Excentia Annual Harvest 5k!
Another group we partner with for our meetings is Excentia (and S. June Smith).  Excentia provides us with many of our speakers!  The 5k is happening on November 8th and LDSA will be there too!  Find more information and register here!
LDSA will be holding our First Annual 321 Dance! on January 31st from 6-8pm.  
What is a 321 Dance, you might ask?  It's alot like an awareness walk with teams and fundraising awards, but instead of being a walk, it's a dance.  This event is through the NDSC and you can learn more information about the 321 Dance! and the NDSC here.  Please save the date - it will be a night to remember!  Mike the DJ is going to play our tunes and we'll have lots of fun entertainment for those big and small!  
LDSA is also sponsoring a monthly play date at the Bounce House in Lancaster!
We are still finalizing the details, but will have registration available online, via mail, and at our events!  Check out our website for updates!  
Upcoming Meetings:
September Town Hall Meeting - New Parent meeting - 9/19 @ Pequea BIC (click here for more details)
October Town Hall Meeting - Special Needs Planning - 10/17 (click here for more details)
November Town Hall Meeting - Sleep Issues - Date and location TBD
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.  
Other upcoming Events:
Other upcoming Arc Events (click here for flyer)
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!

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 | M.S,OTR/L        Kristen  Kondratowski | Pequea Pals 
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