Israeli design suits Claire

By Josh Jackman, September 15, 2016

A woman who is paralysed from the chest down has completed the Great North Run wearing an Israeli-designed exoskeleton.

Claire Lomas took five days to walk the half marathon in the ReWalk suit, which was created by Israeli entrepreneur Amit Goffer after he was paralysed in a car crash.

The suit senses the user's motion and provides support to allow stronger hip and knee movements.

Mrs Lom


High-tech apps give hope to disabled

By Simon Rocker, October 8, 2015

"Go Gabs, splat Mummy!" urges Pauline Bardon as her daughter takes aim with a custard pie.

Gabriella, her fair hair tied at the back, focuses hard, before landing a direct hit on the target - her mother.

It is just a virtual missile, though, projected at a photo on a computer screen. Gabriella may be playing a game, but it is one with a serious educational purpose.


We're here to fulfil children's dreams

By Sarah Rachel, June 4, 2015

Boaz Kramer has a strong handshake and, as I soon discover, a strong personality. As a CEO, that's perhaps a good thing, though the organisation he's in charge of is hardly your run-of-the-mill corporation.


New hope in battle to save services

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

A campaigner has given a cautious welcome to a local council’s pledge to preserve threatened services for disabled adults.

Anita Woolf began her battle three years ago after Flightways, the Barnet Centre for Independent Living, was slated for demolition in the regeneration of the Grahame Park estate in north London.


Israeli centres provide quality of life for severely disabled children

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends - his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother's back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone - she returned to find him submerged in water.


Rio gets a lift from Harry

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Six-year-old amputee Rio Woolf received royal encouragement when he met Prince Harry at the Invictus Games for injured soldiers.


Time to include the learning disabled

By Jo Richler, September 11, 2014

Our Jewish tradition is based on a foundation of embracing all within our community. Inclusivity is a core Jewish value. Being included in one's community and its activities, in social roles and personal relationships, is an invaluable part of anybody's life, and contributes to one's personal well-being.

This is particularly important for people with disabilities.


'Heartless' councils deny funding for children

By Rosa Doherty, July 11, 2014

A special education consultant has hit out at local authorities for having "no heart" in denying Jewish families the right to send their disabled children to a residential Jewish school in Manchester.

Rabbi Michael Bernstein, who runs EMBEE, a consultancy service for parents with disabled children, said that while his family had received funding, others had not been so lucky.


Community group backs parents fight against Barnet council

By Rosa Doherty, July 4, 2014

A community group in north London has launched a petition supporting a family who are fighting Barnet Council over their disabled daughter’s education.

Sabrina Leigh, who suffers from a type of cerebral palsy called Worsted-Drought Syndrome, was turned down for the funding needed to send her to Langdon Jewish residential college in Manchester.


The vulnerable and the risks

By Dianne Martin, June 6, 2014

Jake (not his real name) is in his early 20s, shy, lacking in confidence and lives at home with his parents. He has an overly trusting nature and cannot distinguish between someone he thinks is a friend, as opposed to somebody looking to take advantage of him.