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Mission Refocus:
The board at LDSA has decided to refocus back to our original mission of inclusion in the community.  We had taken on the other items because, honestly, families asked us to do so.  However, we realize they are not part of our mission or what our group was created to accomplish and those events, although fun, are keeping us from focusing on our true mission - inclusion in the community.  

So for those of you that enjoyed the sports clinics, playdates, and other functions we had created, we apologize, but we did pass the information along to Celebrate Down Syndrome as it does fit in with their mission.  If you liked these things and want to see them continued, please contact CDS ( and let them know.  

So what does this mean for LDSA?  It means we are going to focus on the areas that concern educating the community in order to provide inclusion for people with disabilities.  

We have already started this by working with Excentia and the Lancaster First Responder Training Facility to create a training program for First Responders on interacting with people with Intellectual Disabilities.  The first session was received so well that this will now be an ongoing training that will allow First Responders to receive credit towards their needed training.  

We have also worked with Elizabethtown College to help give their education students hands on experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and create an open forum to ask questions and hear real answers.  We plan to continue this partnership and develop this program.

We will also be updating our website with a resource section that lists local organizations and groups that are great working with children with special needs in an inclusive environment.  If you know of any - please email us their information at

This year we will work with local groups in order to provide training to businesses on hiring people with intellectual disabilities.  

We also plan to work with local groups to provide training to improve inclusion in schools.  

Also in our plans, is to work with local hospitals, doctors,and nursers to answer their questions about and provide insight to delivering what can be a difficult diagnosis.  

We will continue to provide you monthly updates on what is going on in the community and how our projects are developing.  We hope you will follow along (or join us if this sounds like something that you want to do)!
Upcoming Events and more:
Pequea Church Respite
Pequea Pals will be holding their summer respite on Friday, June 26 from 5-8pm.  The respite takes place at Pequea Church (40 Church Road Lancaster, PA 17603).  Please rsvp by June 21 to 

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 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.
Ted Risch
Camp Director
Executive Director
New Parent Outreach
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 if you would like to help.

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