LDSA, CDS, and YOU!
As some of you may have noticed - there are actually 2 Down syndrome groups functioning in Lancaster and I wanted to take some time to explain why and to talk a little bit more about each group.
Celebrate Down Syndrome (CDS) has been around Lancaster for a LONG time! They began as a small support group in the basement of the Hempfield Methodist church and have grown and changed over the years to what they are now. Currently, CDS focuses on the social events and advocacy events for people with Down syndrome and their loved ones. They do a Christmas party, a summer picnic, and recently sponsored an awareness day at the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Lancaster Down Syndrome Advocates (LDSA) is new - we've been around less than a year. We focus on advocacy - providing educational opportunities to people with Down syndrome, their loved ones and the community to help create a more inclusive community and allow people with Down syndrome to have their needs met. We have sports clinics set up, we hold monthly educational meetings for families, and we are working on a project with the Lancaster County First Responders to offer education on interacting in the community with people who have intellectual disabilities.
LDSA was not created to compete with CDS - we have a very different mission than CDS and we fully support their mission and what they do. Ideally, these two groups would work together to support each other's missions and, while we have not been very strong on that front, just being so focused on our own missions, we hope to rectify this going forward! I hope this helps to clarify any questions you may have had!
October 17th - LDSA Town Hall Meeting - Developing a Special Needs Plan
October 18th - first LDSA Soccer Clinic class with Rossi (every Sat for 4 weeks)
November 14th - LDSA Gymnastics clinic at Accelerations
November - Date TBD - LDSA Town Hall Meeting - Sleep Issues
December 6th - CDS Panake and Pajama Christmas party
January 31st - LDSA 321 Dance!