Jessica Madden- The Severely Disabled Girl Who’s Been Told She Must Prove Her Lifelong Disability

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The parents of a teenager who has been severely disabled since birth have told the BBC their daughter has been asked to prove that she is not fit for work.

Jessica Madden, 19, finished her education at Glenveagh Special School in south Belfast last month.

Her parents said the authorities have written to her, saying that she has to serve a probationary period before she can get full adult disability benefits.

They family said they were “insulted” and “offended” by the letters.

Jessica’s parents, Martine and Brian Madden, said their daughter has a severe brain disorder that means she has never and will never be able to work.

As a child, she received full disability living allowance (DLA), but now, as she leaves full time education, she must reapply for the adult form of the benefit.

Her parents said they have been…

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