Over 25,000 differently abled persons across India found long-lasting friendships, love and prospective partners, thanks to an innovative initiative called Inclov.
Launched in Bengaluru in 2015, the Inclov app helps differently abled persons connect to prospective partners online, and interact with them personally through its offline meetups.
Shankar Srinivasan, the co-founder of Inclov discusses the key motivation behind the idea of these meetups in an interview with the Times of India.
In a country, where disabled persons are constantly struggling with equal access to transport and public places, Inclov decided to launch its offline meet-up wing called Social Spaces to nurture a more inclusive environment.
“The meetups are inclusive, and our curated locations are universally designed to ensure 100% accessibility in infrastructure so that people with disability can socialise or find friends/life partners,” he said.
Having hosted over 25 offline meetups across India already, the initiative is all set to host a first of its kind meetup in Bengaluru today at Sutra nightclub at Hotel Lalit Ashok. An open event, it requires no prior registration.
The success stories of Inclov and its offline meetups reflects in the story of 31-year-old former runner-up of the Miss Wheelchair India pageant and a national-level rifle shooter, who gave up hope on love after eight years of not finding a match.
She found a perfect match in less than ten days on the app in May 2016. Today, she is happily married to a wheelchair-bound successful working professional, who waited for six long years before finding love in her.
Another 31-year-old schoolteacher who faced immense social struggles due to an intellectual disability found her partner in a similar age Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow graduate with cerebral palsy. They are set to get married soon.
In addition to helping them find suitable matches, Inclov is also boosting the confidence of differently abled persons to step out and access public spaces.
“A couple of years ago, I was not allowed inside a nightclub along with my friends as I was wheelchair-bound due to polio. I was humiliated and never tried to enter a bar/club till I attended Inclov’s event in Delhi and partied all night along with my friends,” one of the beneficiaries told the Times of India.
Hats off to the Inclov team for this novel idea! We hope many people continue to benefit from this initiative!
Know more about Inclove here.