Differently abled can enjoy Mumbai’s nightlife soonmumbai Updated: Dec 15, 2017 00:30 IST
A similar event was organised for the differently abled in New Delhi recently.(HT Photo)
In a first, individuals with mental and physical disabilities will get a chance to experience the city’s nightlife, and in the process, meet like-minded people. More than 150 people who have already registered for the event will be hosted by a disc-jockey, who is suffering from a spinal cord injury, and joined by television celebrities and sign language interpreters for those with hearing disabilities.
The event is the fourth of its kind in India, with previous nightlife meet-ups held at Delhi, Bangalore and Chandigarh. It’s organised by the founders of Inclov, the world’s first matchmaking app which helps people with disability and health disorders find a companion.
“We started the meet-ups in June this year as a progression to our offline social gathering events known as Social Spaces. The idea was to convert the virtual acquaintances of the people using our app into a real world relationship,” said Shankar Srinivasan, co-founder of Inclov.
The purpose of these events is to eliminate the deterrents for disabled people to meet each other. “Safety concerns, unviability of disabled-friendly places, and lack of places which are welcoming to disabled people are major hurdles for them to meet.”
“It was disheartening to see that educated and economically stable individuals had never seen the inside of a nightclub or a bar. Our nightlife events are meant to offer that opportunity to those who haven’t experienced it before,” he added.
The organisers said that while the usual footfall of nightlife events in other cities was about 80-100 people, the response from Mumbai has forced them to restrict entries. “It only shows the void of such events in a buzzing city like Mumbai,” another co-founder said. The event will also have staff members who have undergone training to attend to disabled people and are sensitized about the issue.
“This an interesting way to meet new people and if they find someone interesting, then they can take things forward,” said Kalyani Khona, co-founder.