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Dear jweb friend, 

Could you be an ambassador for your area?

With over 49,000 visitors since we launched jweb in 2011, we're pretty sure that we are doing something right! It's so important to us to keep up to date with what's happening in, and for, the Jewish learning disabilities community across the UK. Here's a big round of applause for everyone who makes jweb such a friendly place by sharing their news, events and information with us.

Are you in North-East or North-West England? We have visitors from Manchester, Salford, Birmingham and Leeds looking for advice and resources in their local areas. Please be an ambassador for your area and tell us about the great accessible playgroup you found, the empathetic therapist your friend recommended or the friendship group that eased some of the pressure on you. You never know who is in your area looking for exactly the kind of help you benefitted from too.

Speaking of therapists, Educational Psychologist Nicola Weisfeld has sent us her blog on “How to keep meetings with professionals professional ”. It’s a great insight into the psychology of meetings for parents and professionals alike and well worth a read.

A quick heads-up… regular readers will know that we have been working on resources for inclusive Judaism. If you know someone involved in Jewish education or religious resources please forward this email to them and ask them to get in touch with Anna. We are passionate about making Judaism accessible for everyone with learning disabilities wherever they are and would love to be able to share our new resources as widely as possible.

With kindest regards,

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 

Norwood are offering FREE Transition Workshops for carers/parents of 14-25 year olds with special needs. Can't get to London? They'll share the information with anyway!

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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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Noticeboard

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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