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Living with learning disabilities in a cashless society

Louc Member Posts: 13 Courageous
I am a trustee of a parent carer forum and we are looking to write up an article on how the covid 19 pandemic has speeded up the journey towards a cashless society and how this is likely affecting people with learning disabilities and other disabilities. We would not make any reference to named individuals, we are just interested to hear of people's experiences and any life hacks to offer parents of young people with LD. Thank you.


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 29,465 Disability Gamechanger

    My daughter has a learning disability and counting money for her is a nightmare. She uses her hands to count numbers but when in shops this isn't possible. Although she's almost 20 she still struggles with this. For this reason when she's out shopping i must be honest, cash payments for her would be impossible. Cash payments in my opinion are so much better than cash, especially for those that struggle.
  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,402

    Scope community team

    edited November 2020
    Hi @Louc This sounds like an increasingly relevant subject to speak about.  I'm looking forward to reading the article if you could share it with us when it's done?

    Also, could you send us a little email to [email protected] so we can clarify how you will use our members comments?  We just need to make sure any details/data are kept safe.

    Many thanks :)
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Member Posts: 7,468 Disability Gamechanger
    I think that even before covid we were heading or maybe hurtling towards being a cashless society especially with the closure of bank branches and the removal of ATM's, I don't think it will be long before we have to start paying to withdraw our own cash more so if interest rates go negative.
    To be honest I has never used my cards as contactless until about a year ago but I just looked and I haven't withdrawn any cash for 6 weeks now.
    I'm afraid it's called the march of time, some will see it as progress others as a pain.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • hejyork
    hejyork Member Posts: 1 Listener

    Did you end up writing the article? I'd be interested in reading it. I'm part of York Disability Rights Forum and some of our members are being really impacted by the cashless approach. I actually ended up writing a blog post of my own about it and it looks like it's disproportiately affecting marginalised groups eg disabled people, older people, people from a BAME background...



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