History timeline


It is 50 years since Cecil Rosen first started to realise his dream that neither physical disability nor impaired vision should be allowed to interfere with an individual's right to an independent lifestyle. Today we continue to fulfil this dream as we look forward to the opening of our eighth development of state-of-the-art mobility apartments in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, adjacent to our most recent building which is named Cecil Rosen Court in his honour. 

2019 - Refurbishment of the communal lounge at Frances & Dick James Court

2019 -The Dyna & Fala Weinstock Wing of Cecil Rosen Court opens with 19 one and two-bedroom apartments in Bushey Heath

2019 - Our Golden Jubilee Year: celebrations include the launch of our Independent Living Advisory Service taking our expertise in independent living to people living out in the community for the very first time. Click here for more information about this exciting new service

2018 -  Refurbishment of Cherry Tree Court, Aztec House & Milne Court

2015 - Planning consent granted for another development of 19 mobility apartments adjacent to Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey Heath

2015 - Launch of Empowering Ability, our free to use online source of help and advice describing the products and ideas designed to help someone who is physically disabled or vision impaired maintain their independence wherever they may live

2014 - Jewish Blind & Disabled's 45th anniversary

2014 - Opening of Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey Heath offering 41 mobility apartments with 24/7 on site support

2010 - Planning consent received for Jewish Blind & Disabled's seventh building in Bushey, Hertfordshire

2009 - Jewish Blind & Disabled celebrates it's 40th Anniversary , the Aztec House extension project of four new flats is completed, and the search for our next building continues

2008 - Young JBD established to welcome young professional supporters to the charity

2006 - Milne Court extension of four wheelchair flats completed

2004 - Jewish Blind & Disabled rebranded

2003 - Frances & Dick James Court opened in Mill Hill offering 42 flats including a number of two bedroom apartments to accommodate couples, parents and child etc.

2001 - Aztec House opened in Redbridge with 42 flats

1997 - Hilary Dennis Court opened in Wanstead with 35 flats

1995 - Milne Court opened in South Woodford with 57 flats

1994 - Cecil Rosen Court opened in Wembley with 29 flats

1990 - Cherry Tree Court opened in Kingsbury with 40 flats 

1987 - Fairacres opened in Finchley with 32 flats 

1972 - Opening of pilot project, Cavendish House, in Dulwich offering 20 flats at a cost of only £100,000

1969 - Jewish Blind & Physically Handicapped Society was formed