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Partnership with Elizabethtown College
LDSA is very excited to announce a new partnership with Dr. Tyminski at Elizabethtown College.  Dr. Tyminski teachers a class on special education that every teaching student must take.  Our goal is to not only give these students hands on experience working with people with developmental delays, but also time with parents to learn and understand our concerns, issues, and praises with the education system.   This will, hopefully, be an ongoing relationship with the potential to touch 25+ soon to be teachers each semester!  The students this semester are looking to help with our sports clinics, shadow our children in inclusive schooling environments, work one on one with families and possibly even create a music class.  Other ideas we are working on involve a round table discussion between students and families to pass information and questions about education and opportunities for the students to plug into our community and spread awareness.  

We are currently seeking families that would be interested in working with 2-3 students.  The students would be interested in applying their educational knowledge to work with your child with developmental delays.  Please email kim@lancasterdsa.org if this is something of intererest to you.
 
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!
 
Be a Dadvocate!
Are you a Dad, Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, Brother, etc. to a child with a disability and feel like you want be more involved in advocating for your loved one? LDSA is putting together a Dadvocate group for just that purpose.  Although we will mostly let the members create the vision for the group, the general idea is that this group would run a fundraiser (like a golf tournament) and hold monthly meetings to discuss and learn how to be the best advocate for your family.  Please email dadvocate@lancasterdsa.org for more information.
Sports Clinics Continuing!                                
We are excited to announce that sports clinics will continue!  Each clinic costs you just $10/family for a 4 week session.  They are open to all people with developmental delays!  We recommend ages 3-12, but if your child is 2 and walking, then you are more then welcome to register them for the session.  You can email sports@lancasterdsa.org for more information or click here to register.

The gymnastics clinic will continue through at least May (please continue to register for each month on our website).  A new session will start February 7th and runs from 11:30 - 12:30 each Saturday in February at Lives in Balance.

Soccer started on January 31st, but there are still open slots for the February session!  The February session runs 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 from 4-5pm at The Nook.

 
Play Dates every 2nd Sunday!
Come join us every Second Sunday from 12-2 for lunch and a playdate at Pequea BIC Church!  Please email  playdates@lancasterdsa.org 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 are excited to participate in this campain, designed by many of the national Down syndrome groups, including:  Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, National Down Syndrome Congress, International Down Syndrome Coalition, International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, National Down Syndrome Society, LuMind and Global Down Syndrome Foundation.  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.  Please click here for more information!


Upcoming Events involving LDSA and YOU!
  • Gymnastics Sports Clinic (click here) (February 7, 14, 21, 28)
  • Soccer Sports Clinic (click here) (Feb 7, 14, 28)
  • Monthly Playdates (click here) (Every 2nd Sunday)
  • Monthly Town Hall Meetings (click here)
  • New Parent Outreach (click here)
  • Volunteers! (click here)


Other Community Events:
  • Pequea Church Toddler Playdates (click here)
  • ARC Connections - Relationships (click here) (February 10th & 24th)
  • Pequea Pals Respite (click here(February 13th)
  • Excentia Battle of the Banks (click here) (Feb 23rd)
  • World Down Syndrome Day @ SkyZone with Celebrate Down Syndrome (more info to come) (March 21st)
 
 
Soccer & Gymnastics Registration is now available on our website (click here)!
Join us every Saturday (see specific dates below) for gymnastics at 11:30 and/or soccer at 4:00. Gymanstics is offered at Lives In Balance gym on WIlliam Penn Way and Soccer is offered at the Nook. The cost is just $10/family and the recommended age is 3-12,  Please sign up on our website by clicking here.  Gymanstics runs 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 in February and Soccer is 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, and 2/28.  You may sign up at any point during the session.
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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.   We will have time to play, socialize, and eat (lunch will be provided)!  Although you can just show up - we will have an RSVP to playdates@lancasterdsa.org so that we have an idea of how much food is needed for lunch.
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Upcoming Meetings
Our February Town Hall meeting is on Speech issues.  The meetings are now being held at the Excentia Buidling on Prince Street that newly houses the S. June Smith program.  Our meetings are the 4th Sunday of the month (February 22nd) with dinner served and childcare provided free of charge by Pequea Pals.  Our March meeting is self advocate, Tommy, and will be on March 22nd.  Please RSVP to meetings@lancasterdsa.org.
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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.  Please contact us at kim@lancasterdsa.org if you would like to help.
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 contact@lancasterdsa.org if you are interested in helping us in any way!
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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.  Please contact kkondratowski@pequeachurch.com for more information.

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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