There’s no denying that human beings are social animals. We need interaction, we crave love. And we have no control over the kinds of bodies we inhabit. So why should these mortal sleeves control how we connect with people?
Unfortunately, people with physical disabilities and health disorders not only face challenges in getting around and meeting people, they also meet all kinds of prejudice and false assumptions about their capabilities.
Eighty million Indians live with a medical condition and fewer than 5 percent get married. And that’s the raison d’être for Inclov: the world’s first matchmaking platform for disabled people who can use it to find not only love, but also friendships. After all, the best romantic partnerships are based on mutual acceptance and common values.
Inclov, short for inclusive love, was founded in 2016 to serve the largest demographic minority in the world: about 15 percent of every population has some kind of disability, whether it be a neurological disorder like cerebral palsy or a skin condition like Vitiligo.
At Inclov, limitations take a backseat to a focus on personality and what the users are really about. The app is free to use; you create an account, choose a username and then share information about yourself, including medical information. Next step: chat online with matches.
The co-founders are constantly looking for ways to make Inclov better and bigger. For instance, the site has a text-friendly Lite version, designed for users with limited vision. The blog has inspirational stories, dating tips, tutorials, as well as success stories of matches they’ve helped kindle. Testimonials abound — from people who say that just getting out and doing fun social things has been exhilarating to couples who connected through the app and then got married.
Although the site was initially exclusively for people with disabilities, in the interest of being totally inclusive the founders opened it up to everyone who is interested. You’d be surprised at the numbers of matches they have enabled — between people with all kinds of abilities!
With more than 30,000 users in India, the community is only growing. The site is now available in English, Hindi and Punjabi with plans to expand further afield — including abroad.
Inclov also strives to connect people in real life and to that end, they hold events called Social Spaces in safe and welcoming places in seven cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
The philosophy behind all their events is to organize regular social interactions that this community has historically been excluded from. These events are wheelchair accessible (even the washrooms) and feature sign-language interpreters.
The next Social Spaces event is on May 27, 2018 in Mumbai. Details are at: https://inclov.explara.com/
Download the app from the iOS or Google Play store by looking for Inclov. You can also use their web app.
All details are online: https://www.inclov.com/
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