Live updates

  1. Tom Savvides

Paralympian talks disability with toddlers

A Paralympian is backing a campaign to educate toddlers in Kent about disability. A cartoon is being used by sixty pre-schools in the Maidstone area to show children that disability shouldn't limit ambition or success. This report by Tom Savvides includes interviews with Paralympian Steve Brown, pre-school manager Susan Taylor and footage from the cartoon Eddie & Friends, produced by Golding Vision and Wellbeing People.


Disabled could be 'hardest hit' by Southern Rail changes - full report

Fresh talks are underway between Southern Rail and union leaders to try to resolve the ongoing dispute over the role of the guard.

The two sides have been meeting at the conciliation service ACAS. This week's 5-day strike has been called off but that hasn't stopped further cancellations today - although things should improve by tomorrow.

But campaigners claim the real victims of any changes will be wheelchair users who could be forced to book their travel 24-hours in advance.

Andy Dickenson investigates and speaks to rail users Esther Fox and Sam Taylor.

Rogue websites target Blue Badge applicants

Parking reserved for Blue Badge holders Credit: ITV News Meridian

There's a warning about fraudulent websites claiming to deal with Blue Badge parking permits.

West Sussex County Council has received complaints from people who've paid excessive amounts rather than just £10 to cover the application.

We advise anyone applying or renewing a Blue Badge to use the Council’s or the Government’s official website.

Using a copycat website may result in your data being sold on to third parties. To ensure that you and your data is safe, always use an official ‘’ website.”

– Richard Sargeant, Trading Standards Team Manager


Disabled children 'deprived of opportunities'

The chance to play is vital for any child growing up - it's how they develop and form relationships.

Yet a report released by the national charity - Sense - says young disabled children are being deprived of opportunities to play in their local community - because the facilities just don't exist.

Their report was presented in Parliament by the former Home Secretary David Blunkett, alongside a family from Sussex. Andy Dickenson reports.

Disability centre celebrates 25 years since Diana opening

25 years ago today, Princess Diana visited Eastbourne to open a pioneering development in assisted living.

Shinewater Court has since been a home for dozens of people with severe and complex disabilities, two of whom have been married, many others exceeding expectations.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to service manager Carol Wade and residents Graham and Jane Thompson.

Wanted: disabled people to train as gym instructors

A project to train disabled people to work as gym instructors has been so successful, it's being rolled out again in Kent this summer. The spinal injuries charity Aspire, which runs the scheme, is now appealing for more people to join up.

Andrea Thomas has been speaking to fitness instructor Tom Ervin, from Maidstone, and InstructAbility project manager Hilary Farmiloe.

The course is free for unemployed, disabled people over 16 and is taking place in Ashford in May. To find out more click here.

Load more updates