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We are very excited to introduce our first major fundraising campaign!  As always, our fundraising has a direct purpose.  The funds raised will go towards implementing an iCan Bike program in conjunction with other local organizations and towards family and community grants aiming at making local programs more inclusive and available to people with disabilities.

What is Dollars and Dimes For Downs?
This is a simple program where we ask people in our community to donate their spare change (we'll accept more than just dollars and dimes, of course) to help us further our mission.

Who can participate?

  • An individual can ask your friends, families, and community to donate their spare change.

  • A business can put out a jar with flyers (we can provide both) to collect spare change from your customers.

  • A company, school, or group can run a contest to see what department, class, or individual can collect the most money.  

    Please contact for more information and promotional materials.  

LSDA Spotlight:

Elizabethtown College Partnership

Once again, we are partnering with the education department at Elizabethtown College in order to allow the students hands on experience with children with intellectual disabilities.  We do this by providing speakers to talk with the students and partnering groups of students with families.  The students get to experience the children in their home life and ask, in a safe environment, any questions they may have.   

Pictured above are the 3 students who worked with Phoebe last semester. If you would like to be involved - please contact us so we can pass on your information!  
Upcoming Events and more:

Gala & Auction:
Click here for more information

Arc of Lancaster County:
Family Session:
Monday, February 9th @ 6:30pm
The Arc ~ Room B103
Topic:  I'm confused!  An overview of how the ID system works.

Siblings connecting with siblings:

Music Therapy Clinic:
Elizabethtown College On-campus Music Therapy Clinic is seeking two to three children around 7 to 9 years old and with developmental delays to join a music therapy group that meetson Thursday evening, 5:45 – 6:25 pm. Please contact Dr. Gene Ann Behrens as soon as possible at or call 361-1991. 

Lancaster Catholic Prayer and Care Day:
Saturday April 2nd
10am - 5pm (doors open at 9am)

There is no cost.  The day will include time for ....
relaxation, reflection, sacrament of reconciliation, worship, fellowship, a catered luncheon, and an afternoon of pampering with hair cuts, manicures, massages, make-up, health services, games, crafts, and creativity.

The day will end with Holy mass at 4:00 for you and your entire family

Please register by March 20 by emailing kathy Balasavage at


The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties:
March Conference. Click here for more info.

Celebrate Down Syndrome:
Bowling/Pizza party
2/6 for young adults with Down syndrome.  Click here for more information

Baby & Toddler Playdate
February 20 @10am for expecting parents to children age 2
address:  3165A Charlestown Rd in Lancaster

World Down Syndrome Day Party
Skyzone - details to come!

A Night to Shine:
A prom for people with special needs on February 12th. RSVP due by 2/5!  Click here for more information.  Manor church will help with transportation, if needed (Christieh@manorchurch.org717.285.3138)

Manor Church:
Celebrate the Light at Manor Church
An inclusive worship celebration
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @6:30
Click here for more information.

Pequea Church 
Pequea Church is handicap accessible and we encourage families with special needs to participate.

Easter Egg Hunt:
March 19 @ 11am
We will have music and motions, a short play for kids of all ages, followed by refreshments for the whole family. 

Free Family Movie Night
February 26 6:30 - 8:30pm
Pequea Church Auditorium

May 21
Purpose is to raise money to hire Personal Care Assistants or Pals to for preschool students with special needs.  Stay tuned for more details!

Penn Cinema's Sensory Saturday
The first Saturday of every month at 10am, Penn Cinemas in Lititz offers a sensory friendly show.  check out more information here.

Looking to connect with other parents, siblings, families, or educators?  If so, please check out the FB Groups of the IDSC (International Down Syndrome Coalition)!  

You can find them here.  Also consider attending the Great Wolf Lodge Meetup in September 2016.  Find more information here.  

Check out The IDSC newsletters here for great information.  

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!
New Board Members wanted!
We have alot of great things going on and could use some help!  If you are interested in becoming a board member of LDSA, email us a  

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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