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Volunteers Needed - DECEMBER 6th!!!
We are gift wrapping at Barnes and Nobles all day. Please Contact us at if you are able to volunteer to wrap gifts.

321 Dance - January 31st 5:30-8:30

The 321 Dance will be held on January 31st at the Manor Church in Mountville. Registration is now open. The cost is just $10 per person 4+ or $20 with a shirt that includes team name. People with Down syndrome and 3 years or younger are FREE! Mike the DJ will be there providing the music and we will have entertainment, refreshments, a toddler play area and door prizes! See our registration site for more details and sign up your team today!!

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 March 25th and will be open to all first responders in Lancaster County!
Sports Clinics start in January    
We are excited to announce that sports clinics will return January 10th. Families who have attended have all had great things to say about them!  Soccer is tentatively scheduled for 4pm at Spooky Nook and Gymnastics will be at 11:30 at Lives in balance.  There is still time to register for both of these clinics.  They are open to all people with developmental disabilities!  We recommend ages 3-12, but if your child is 2 and walking enough to kick a ball, then you are more then welcome to register them for soccer or gymnastics.  Registration is just $10 per family and is now open on our website. You can email for more information.
Play Dates start in January
We will be starting play dates on the second Sunday of each month at 12pm. Lunch will be served. Please email to RSVP or for more information. 
World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st
On March 21st we will be participating in Random Acts of Kindness for Down Syndrome. We'll be providing 21 RAK packs for people interesting in participating - they can be picked up at the March playdate or Town Hall meeting. We will also have a list of ideas that are free or inexpensive as well. More details to come...

Upcoming Events involving LDSA and YOU!
  • Gymnastics Sports Clinic (click here) (Jan 10th)
  • Soccer Sports Clinic (click here) (Jan 10th)
  • Monthly Playdates (click here) (starting in January)
  • 321 Dance (click here) (January 31st)
  • Monthly Town Hall Meetings (click here)
  • New Parent Outreach (click here)
  • Volunteers! (click here)

Other Community Events:
  • Pequea Church Toddler Playdates (click here)
  • CDS Christmas Party (click here(Dec 6th)
  • ARC Sibshop (click here) (Dec 8th)
  • Advent Program - St John XXIII Religious Education Center (click here) (Dec 7th)
  • Pequea Pals Respite (click here(Dec 12th)
  • Excentia Battle of the Banks (click here) (Feb 23rd)
Soccer & Gymnastics Registration is now available on our website (click here)!
  We are moving the gymnastics clinics to Lives In Balance Gym on William Penn Way.  They were able to offer us a weekly 11:30am Saturday class.  We will start the classes in January and they are still just $10 per family.  This covers children with developmental delays and their adult buddy.  You can sign up on our website starting next month!

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!
Second Sunday Playdate
TaDa!  We have a monthly playdate setup!  Pequea Pals and Pequea Church have graciously offered us their gymnasium on a regular basis to setup a playdate!  They have an inflatable bounce house and lots of other fun things to do!  The playdate will be every 2nd Sunday from 12-2 starting in January.   We will have time to play, socialize, and eat (lunch will be provided)!  Although you can just show up - we will have an RSVP out so that we have an idea of how much food is needed for lunch.
LDSA will be holding our 321 Dance! on January 31st from 5:30-8:30pm
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.  Mike the DJ is going to play our tunes, we will have a Toddler Play area, facepainting, magicians, door prizes, a banner contest, and much more fun!  Please save the date - it will be a night to remember!  NDSC is working on setting up our fundraising website and when that is complete, we will be sending out the rest of the details!  We do have a team captain packet available to download on our website.  Please send us an email if you would like us to email you one!
Upcoming Meetings
We will be picking up the meetings early next year after the holidays!  We are lining up a speech therapist, an OT to talk about sleep issues, a self advocate, and many more!
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.  
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!
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.  
Pequea Pals Respite
Pequea Pals, through Pequea Church offers a monthly respite for the parents of children with special needs.  December's respite in December 12th from 5:30-7:30 at their church.  More info will be posted on our website when we receive the official invitation. 

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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