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Dear jweb friend, 

Beverley and Colin Dean founded Special iApps in 2011, as a non-profit social enterprise. They couldn't find the apps they needed to teach their young son who has Down syndrome. He'd had several medical setbacks since being born in 2005, and his hearing, speech and co-ordination weren't very good. Undaunted, they pooled their knowledge and resources and created Special iApps. Read their story in our jweb blog.

Don't miss out on Norwood's free transition workshops. July's offerings are on Direct Payments on 6th July at the Kennedy Leigh Centre in Hendon and on Housing Options on 13th July at Oaks Lane in Redbridge. If you’re unable to attend a workshop, please let Christina Smith know (contact details below) and Norwood may be able to offer further dates. Slides from the sessions will be available on the Norwood website www.norwood.org.uk for those who live outside of the London area. For further information, please call 020 8420 6861 or email Christina Smith at placements@norwood.org.uk.

Do you have an adult son or daughter with a disability? Are you worried about their long-term well-being?
One of the biggest concerns for parents with an adult child who has a disability is who will carry on looking after their interests in the long-term. The Larspur Long-Term Advocacy Support Service is driven by parents who come together into formalised groups to raise funds and determine the framework and longevity of the service, ensuring that long-term, sustainable relationships, activities and advocacy are in place for their son or daughter. Find out more here . Look out for Sharon Schaffer's blog next month on Larkspur's service.

Contact Anna to talk about how you can join in the conversation and share your news and information with the Jewish learing disabilties 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 

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  July- September 2016 Programme (57.0 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.