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Dear jweb friend, 

The sun is shining (for now) and school is nearly over for another year. Yikes! What are we going to do all summer? Fear not, jweb has it covered with sports, fun activities, developmental opportunities and cultural events just waiting for you...

Wherever you are in the UK, why not try cycling or horse riding this summer? Wheels for All and Riding for the Disabled have a centre near you - find more information here.

If developing skills is more your cup of tea, Leeds is hosting an employment fair and a free internet safety course for adults in August. Young Londoners can develop their fine and gross motor skills at the Norwood Skills Builder Camp or improve their social and communication skills at a Lego Therapy Summer Camp. Read more here.

Of course, the summer is a time for having fun with friends too. We have listings for playschemes and camps in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and London on our Events page.

Looking for some culture? The Jewish Museum in London has launched Curious Explorers; a relaxed morning for children with autism or other social communication conditions, their siblings, parents and carers. You can find relaxed performances of the West End shows Oliver Twist and Aladdin, and even a relaxed performance of the BBC Proms here.

Encouraging Playfulness... Play specialist Debby Watson has shared her Passport to Play with us: how to encourage playfulness in children with profound impairments was the focus of Debby's doctoral studies. Here she explains her findings and just what is needed to get the play to flow.

Is anyone else obsessed with Tedx Talks? This one is a lecture by Major General (Res.) Doron Almog who describes how his son, Eran, the boy who never spoke, who never called him “dad,” who never made eye contact, became the greatest teacher of his life.

This is guaranteed to put a smile on your face... I'm Good is Kisharon's latest and most uplifting film to date. Take a look - could there be a more appropriate sundtrack?

Thank you to everyone who has sent us suggestions for listings and links - you make jweb a great place to be! Please add anna@jweb.org.uk to your mailing lists to keep us up to date with your news and events and share them with the Jewish learning disability community across the UK.

Have a great summer,

Anna and the jweb team


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 

Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show. These shows will have had adjustments made in the form of reduction to sound levels, some changes to lighting and loud sound effects and strobe lighting taken out. There will be a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and there will be some designated chill-out areas available. The theatre staff and cast will also have received some training so they have some understanding of autism.

London West-end performances this summer include: The Lion King, Matilda, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Oliver Twist and Aladdin. Read more at www.autism.org.uk



Saturday 29 July 2017, Doors: 10:30am, Starts: 12:00pm

Tickets go on Sale 12th May.

A concert suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.


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.


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.



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.


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!


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!


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


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....