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Dear jweb friend, 

We need a Graphic Artist. Do you know anyone with the skills to visually communicate with people with learning disabilities? Our regular visitors know how passionate we are at jweb about inclusive synagogue services. We are delighted to let you know that we are working on a special needs siddur which we hope will help communities and families to provide appropriate and fulfilling experiences to the people they care for. If you know a Graphic Artist who would be ideal to help us to illustrate this resource please pass this email on to them. We are keen to offer this contract to someone with knowledge of both the Shabbat service and the skills to make it accessible to people with learning disabilities. The content of the siddur will be cross communal.

This week's blogger is 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. Dr Drage tackles the difficult topic of understanding puberty and sexuality .

Siblings are so important, which is why the Judith Trust is running a Jewish siblings network. It is a forum for people to get together, both online and in person, who are siblings of a person with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues. The group is for all ages, though they are particularly keen for older siblings to participate, who have more limited opportunities to meet other adult siblings, and who often have responsibilities in looking after their siblings and require information and support in this role. The group will provide an opportunity for siblings to share their experiences, feelings, knowledge and insight, for siblings to gain support from each other and have a space to express themselves. The group will run on a regular basis. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch at eliana@judithtrust.org.uk .

Jweb needs volunteers! Interested & engaged with what’s going on, like to share information, resourceful at finding things out, like a bit of social networking, know a bit about learning disabilities … Sound like you or someone you know?

Our online resource for the Jewish learning disabilities community in the UK needs your help. We are a charity, and provide news, events listings, info packs and forums for parents, carers and professionals working with people with special needs.

We are looking for some volunteers to help with the one or more of the following:
Emailing info to us about current news and events for us to share
Researching news, events and useful information for the Jewish learning disability community in the UK
Using social media to share helpful information and ideas with the community
Helping out with admin from home a few hours a week.
Contact Anna to talk about how you can join in anna@jweb.org.uk .

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 

Mill Hill - Interested in how yoga can help people with autism? Yoga4Autism is running open events in Mill Hill on 17 April and 19 April between 3pm and 6pm. Yoga4Autism brings yoga, meditation and mindfulness to individuals with autism.


Bushey - Inclusive Club Night - 50’s Rock and Roll. "Its finally here, the next UV Night on the 28th of April. Inclusive clubbing for people with and without disabilities. Don't miss out get your tickets now!"


London - Autism Friendly Performance – Wicked, the classic West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce its first dedicated Autism-Friendly performance on Saturday 14 May 2016, 1:30pm.


London - Jewish Book Week. New York Times bestseller Steve Silberman presents Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and how to Think Smarter about People with Think Differently. Monday 23rd May at Kings Place, N1.


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 - Check out the Monday Club  April to June 2016 Programme (58.5 KB)  programme.


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



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.


Pesach for people with special needs

Pesach can be a very stressful time of year for families of people with learning disabilities. Unfamiliar objects and foods, dietary restrictions, changes to mealtime routines and extra people around the house can all add up to confusion and stress. Read our Special Needs Friendly Passover Guide for tips and advice on keeping it calm and fun.


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.