At this meet-up, dis­abil­ity isn’t a bar­rier

HT City - - Front Page - Henna Rakheja henna.rakheja@htlive.com

Next Sun­day, June 25, is go­ing to see a unique week­end party. In a novel ini­tia­tive, the peo­ple behind a dat­ing app for the dis­abled have or­gan­ised a meetup for them at a cen­tral Delhi night­club. The event, at Kitty Su, Barakhamba Road, is open to all, but mainly aims to bring peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to­gether, giv­ing them a chance to find like­minded peo­ple. So far, about 30 dis­abled peo­ple have reg­is­tered for this event, or­gan­ised by the app In­clov.

Ev­ery­one who plans to at­tend is ex­cited — for many, this is their first op­por­tu­nity to prop­erly ex­pe­ri­ence a city’s buzzing nightlife. “Go­ing to a night­club with my friends has been a dis­tant dream,” says Man­ish Raj, 34, an IT as­so­ciate, who is wheel­chair-bound. He was once re­fused en­try to a pop­u­lar club in Kolkata as “the man­age­ment said that their ‘nor­mal’ guests would feel con­scious”. An­other per­son with limited mo­bil­ity, 40-yearold Ankur Bhir couldn’t even get any night­clubs to let him book space for a party for the dis­abled. “My New Year’s Eve is mostly spent alone at home,” says Bhir, who is self-em­ployed.

That’s go­ing to change on June 25. Co-or­gan­iser Shankar Srini­vasan prom­ises “fun in­tro­duc­tions”, ramps and lower dance floors for easy wheel­chair ac­cess. DJ Aamish, who’s him­self wheelchair­bound, is per­form­ing here.

FOR MOST OF THE PEO­PLE COM­ING TO THIS MEET-UP, THIS IS THEIR FIRST CHANCE TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE A CITY’S NIGHTLIFE... THAT, TOO WITH­OUT ANY DIS­COM­FORT

PHOTO: ISTOCK

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