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Community Spotlight:

Celebrate Down Syndrome
This month we'd like to Celebrate Down Syndrome. This group began many years ago as the Support Group of the Susquehanna Valley. The current president, Christine Hewitt, was introduced to the world of Down syndrome through her participation in the buddy minstry at her church and, after several years of volunteering with CDS, ironically now has a niece who has Down syndrome. This team has a gift for creating memorable social events that include every detail!  

At LDSA, we enjoy working with the current members of CDS because we can team up from two different angles of advocacy and really make this community a better place for people with Down syndrome.  

You can check out their website at and their facebook page at

Once again, Celebrate Down Syndrome is planning their pancake breakfast Christmas party and you can find out more information on their facebook page!

Dutchland Rollers:
This may appear to be an odd spotlight, but we LOVE what the Dutchland Rollers do!  They are a non-profit roller derby organization that likes to give back to the community.  Each home match, they choose an organization to which they will donate a portion of their ticket sales.  They have given back to many worthy groups and we are very excited that for their November 7th meet, they have chosen Lancaster Down Syndrome Advocates!

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.   We are starting off the second set of students through this partnership and the results from the first round were life changing for both the students and families.  

Pictured above are the 3 students currently working with Phoebe. Two are early education majors and one is a secondary education major and they are creating lessons to work with Phoebe to see how she learns best and how they can best assess her and determine her needs.  

Partnership with The Arc of Lancaster
We have teamed up with the Arc of Lancaster to help them work on some much needed projects in the community.  We have very similar mission statements and goals for inclusion in the Lancaster community, so the partnership only makes sense!  We look forward to bringing our desires for this community to life with the help of the Arc!   
Upcoming Events and more:

Manor Church Respite:
Saturday November 21st from 10am-2pm.  Online Registration is now open - click here.  Registration closes November 6th.  
Please contact Leah Nissley for more info (

Pequea Church Respite
Pequea Pals will be holding their next respite on Friday, December 4 from 5:30-8pm.  The respite takes place at Pequea Church (40 Church Road Lancaster, PA 17603).  Please RSVP to 

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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