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Community Spotlight:

We have to spotlight Excentia for this edition because of the wonderful work they have done with LDSA and the First Responder Training Facility in developing the training for First Responders to work with people with Intellectual Disabilities in our community.  Our second round of training occured on Wednesday, September 16, and the training was fantastic and the feedback was amazing.  Excentia is working hard to have this training become the mandated state training in Pennsylvania.  

Excentia's mission is to provide those supports necessary to enable people with developmental needs to live as independently and fully as they desire within the community.  

In support of their mission, they believe:
  • People with developmental needs are unique individuals with the same thoughts, desires, and dreams as anyone else.
  • Each individual possesses gifts and talents that enhance and nurture the richness and diversity of the community.
  • Each person’s capabilities, desires, and dreams will be the foundation for service choices and
    the individual receiving supports and services always comes FIRST!
  • The development of service options for each person will be enhanced by an environment
    and attitude which is supportive and nurturing.
  • Planning and decision-making can best occur through the commitment to a strengthening of a dynamic partnership between the individual, family, friends, the community and Excentia.  This network of relationships is integral to our mission and central to the concept of “Excentia.”

Excentia offers Early Intervention services and and preschool programs through the S. June Smith Center.  They support more than 400 individuals with intellectual disabilities with year round programs through their Life Enrichment Services adn they offer residential support from group homes (27 in Lancaster County) to independent living.  You can support Excentia and meet their amazing staff and residence by participating in their Harvest 5K on November 14th.  Learn more about excentia here.

LDA Spotlight:

First Responder Training
Wednesday 9/16 was the 2nd round of training and with over 20 people in attendance and great reviews, we couldn't be happier! The purpose of this training is to work with First Reponders to help them feel better prepared when dealing with people with intellectual disabilities in the community. Excentia is working on making this the state mandated training as well as allowing EMT's and other First responders to receive credits for the class towards their ongoing training requirements.    

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.  

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:
Pequea Church Respite
Pequea Pals will be holding their fall respite on Friday, October 2 from 5:30-8pm.  The respite takes place at Pequea Church (40 Church Road Lancaster, PA 17603).  Please RSVP to 

York Area Down Syndrome Association 11th Annual Buddy Walk (Oct 3)
This is a great event that is fun for the entire family!  they have bounce houses, food, and much more!  There is still time to sign up your team or join someone else!  Find out more here.  

T21 Club Annual Wiffle Ball Classic (Oct 3)
You can register a wiffle ball team or just watch the fun!  Find out more info 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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