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Dear jweb friend,

Summer seems like a distant memory, and the chagim have come and gone for another year. Some of us don't event want to think about half-term looming around the corner...

The skys may be dark and gloomy, but here at jweb we have been thinking about finding positive things to do in the coming months. Do check out our Future Events for 2018  listings - we are so excited to find such a great range of entertainment and thought-provoking conferences lined-up across the UK. Lots of organisations have yet to start marketing their events for next year, so please do keep an eye out and forward anything interesting you spot to anna@jweb.org.uk for us to share.

One particular series of events that has caught our attention is the Curious Explorers at the Jewish Museum  in Camden, London. Please read our latest blog written by their Learning Programme Manager, Karen Van Coevorden. The museum's autism-friendly provision is in its infancy, and we know that Karen would welcome your support and feedback. It would be marvellous if more attractions could make adjustments for people with learning disabilities - your support for this fledgling project could help to lead the way for other organisations.

We have begun to look at filling the gaps in our listings for areas of the country which do not benefit from the presence of Jewish organisations with provision for people with learning disabilities. When we launched jweb it was our intention to focus on Jewish organisations and providers in our listings. However, we know that there are a large number of small Jewish communities across the country, so we would like to find out about the services that they recommend. Here are our findings for Wales (please choose Wales from the 'area' drop down menu) - please help us to fill in any gaps and let us know if you live in a part of the UK that you would like us to focus on.

With all good wishes,

Anna and the jweb team

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If you had a car accident what would you do?

How would the emergency services know that a passenger in your vehicle has special needs?

Jweb has produced a self-cling car sticker which we are pleased to be giving away for FREE! Just send a SAE no smaller than DL (110 x 220 mm) to Jweb, c/o Kisharon, 54 Parson Street, London NW4 1TP.

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Events

Read about what's going on in our month by month guide 

Looking for a Special Shabbat Service  in London? NNLS bring you Shalom at 11am on 18th November and 16th December - a special shabbat service for children with learning disabilities and their parents/carers.

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Resources for Autism run monthly Sibling Groups in London and Birmingham offering a safe and understanding space for child siblings aged 7 – 14 to have fun. Read more here .

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Join the Curious Explorers at the Jewish Museum in London for a relaxed morning of fun for children with autism or other social communication conditions, their siblings, parents and carers on Wednesday 25th October.

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Special Families - dates for your diary
Anyone seeking support, friendship or information can be sure of a warm welcome at Special Families, a group run by parents with children/young adults with special needs. The group is open to parents, grandparents and siblings. Although there are lots of ways to get information and support these days, this group enjoys establishing friendships through meetings – there are six each year - and by keeping in touch through an e-group and on Facebook.

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Having a child with special needs brings a host of challenges which parent's face on a daily basis, this can be both physically and emotionally draining.

The Kef Shmooze Group - a new initiative of Kef, offers the mother's of our KEF children a chance to unwind and relax in a caring and supportive environment, providing both emotional and practical support.The KEF Shmooze Group aims to meet on a regular basis.

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London - The Jewish Autism Trust has launched a monthly youth group - visit www.jewishautism.org for more information.

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Curious Explorers

The Jewish Museum in Camden has begun to offer regular autism-friendly sessions - in our latest blog Karen Van Coevorden, Learning Programme Manager, talks to us about how this mainstream, popular London attraction has carefully researched and implemented a programme of events for families and people with learning disabilities.

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Lighting the Fire!

How to encourage playfulness in children with profound impairments was the focus of Debby Watson's doctoral studies. Here she explains her findings and just what is needed to get the play to flow.

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How to keep your meetings with professionals professional

I was at a meeting this morning and, at one point, the discussion turned to conversations the attendees had held with medical or educational professionals about their respective offspring. Some of the comments that these parents had been exposed to were simply appalling ….and the very opposite of professional!

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Travelling in London

Did you know that 8 out of 10 disabled people use the buses in London on a regular basis?

There are a range of services and initiatives provided by Transport for London (TfL) to help you get around using public transport. Being able to travel independently can be the first step toward employment and accessing social activities, and TfL has shared some of their tips with us to help you to tackle your commute!

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Looking for parenting books? Read the Jweb Good Book Guide.

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Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

One of the topics we get asked about most frequently here at jweb is chedars (hebrew schools) and bar mitzvah teachers who can accommodate or specialise in working with children and young people with learning disabilities. We'd love to have your recommendations - if you have had a good experience please and help someone else to get the support their child needs. Click through for some of the suggestions and information passed onto us by members of the jweb community....

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