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.


People with learning disabilities deserve better care

By Dianne Martin, January 24, 2014

A spate of cases involving people with learning disabilities suffering abysmal abuse have been in the headlines.


Israel gets gold in Paralympic swimming

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2013

Israel took its first gold medal at the 2013 World Paralympic Swimming Championships on Friday in the 100-metre freestyle.

Yitzhak Mamistvalov, who has cerebal palsy, was competing at the event in Montreal, Canada.


Being a blind ironman is like being Iron Man - but tougher

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2013

There may be no superheroes in real life, but you still can become an Iron Man. It is a title you can earn by competing in an Ironman event, a triathlon involving a two-and-a-half mile swim, a 112-mile mountain bike ride and rounded off by a 26-mile marathon.


Creating a safe space for minority students

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

“Feminism is seen as a dirty word within the Jewish community and I want this to change.” That is the view of Melissa Leigh, co-chair of the new Union of Jewish Students Women’s Network.