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Dear jweb friend, 

Here at jweb our thoughts have turned to what we would wish for ourselves and our children this year. To be healthy, to be equipped to look after ourselves and our loved ones, and to feel included in our Jewish communities all made the top of our list. If you feel the same as us then we have some great ideas and news for you. Read on...

Norwood are offering a programme of FREE transition sessions at venues across London. These session were hugely popular last year - if you can't get to the venues contact Norwood and they will send you an information pack. Topics include:

PIP forms
Planning for financial security
Lasting Power of Attorney and Deputyship
Decision-making and mental capacity
Education, health and care plans (EHCP)
Developing outcomes in EHCPs
The Care Act 2014 and rights to social care support
Moving out of the family home
Assistive technology
Find out more on our website here . Places for these sessions fill up very quickly, so please be advised that pre-booking is essential.

Join us for filming of a Shabbat B'Yachad inclusive service at
Finchley Reform Synagogue

Ever wanted to be in a film? Now's your chance!

Join us for filming our celebration of Judiaism with music and congregation participation.

Celebrate with an inclusive community, and express our Judaism through
multi-sensory experiences and physical engagement.

Come to our inclusive Shabbat B'Yachad service for people with learning disabilities on 13th November at 2pm.

Finchley Reform Synagogue, 101 Fallow Court Avenue, London, N12 OBE

For more information and to let us know you will be coming contact deborah@gundle.com

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year and well over the fast. Do stay in touch with Anna to find out about how you can join in the conversation and share your news and information with the Jewish learning disabilties community at anna@jweb.org.uk or on 07595 604343.

Please share this with your network and help us to grow.

Kind regards,

Anna and the jweb team


K-News with Easy Read is a round-up of what's new and happening at  Kisharon.


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.



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

B’Yachad Filming

Please join us on Sunday 13 November 2016 at 2pm at Finchley Reform Synagogue for a very special inclusive B’Yachad service for people with learning disabilities.

We will be inviting a cameraman to record the service, which will eventually be turned into a film, so that we can enjoy B’Yachad on our computers at home.

If you would like to come, or for more information, please contact Deborah Gundle on deborah@gundle.com


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!


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.


London - Check out the Monday Club  October - December 2016 Programme (56.5 KB)  programme.


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.


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



Ideas rarely happen in isolation...

 and life-time advocacy certainly did not. Years of fighting for the rights and needs of people with a learning, physical or sensory disability and autism presented us with the final challenge: what happens to the children when parents are no longer able to care and monitor their welfare? Read this blog from Sharon Schaffer at Larkspur .


Special iApps

Special iApps develop educational apps for children with special educational needs, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and other learning disabilities. In this blog, founder Beverley Dean talks to us about her inspiration for setting up Special iApps and how they can benefit people with learning disabilities.


Understanding Puberty and Sexuality...

read this blog by Dr Laura Drage, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS and privately (offering home visits in North West London) with young people (age 0-18) with emotional, behavioural and/or learning difficulties and their families.


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


Read our latest blog...

on solicitors with expertise in disability and SEN cases from Steve Broach, a barrister at Monckton Chambers specialising in public law. Steve's background is in policy and campaigning work with and for disabled children and adults and their families. 


Planning for the future? Read this article

... from Kith and Kids founder Maurice Collins: What happens to one’s son or daughter, who has a disability, when we are no longer around?


Transition, Change and Resilience

Read our blog by Chartered Educational and Child Psychologist Hannah Abrahams as she reflects on the changes that Rosh Hashanah and the start of a new academic year bring for families of young children.


Science Fiction & Fact

Our friends at AuKids sent us this great article on The Good and Bad Science of Autism' . We hope you enjoy it...


The Magic Link

Speech therapist and handwriting expert Lee Dein shares her 30 step handwriting programme with us - ideal for children with dyspraxia or dyslexia.


Make 'em Laugh

Debby Elley and Tori Houghton, co-editors of AuKids, share with us their tips for using laughter as a therapist's tool to develop speech and behaviour.


Art Therapy for people with learning disabilities

Art Therapy is an incredibly helpful way of exploring your life, feelings and relationships. Usually you will meet with your therapist on a weekly basis to make art, explore your feelings and develop a relationship that will help you toward self-understanding and improved communication. Read our blog from art psychotherapist Jon Martyn...


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....


Site Champions

We are really fortunate to have a fantastic team of site champions to help make jweb a friendly, welcoming place for new visitors. Some are parents and some are professionals working with learning disability. All have volunteered their time to make jweb a success, so we are hugely grateful to them.

You will find our site champions on the forums, greeting people and generally getting involved. Do look out for them and say hello.