It’s no secret that dating apps such as Tinder, Happn, and OKCupid took online dating to the next level. While for a lot of people, these apps act as a platform for finding a potential partner, forming a romantic relationship on the internet can prove to be arduous for individuals with disabilities, especially in India, where prejudice and self-reproof make them among the most rejected.
According to 2011 census, out of 26.8 million people with disabilities in India, a considerable number (40 percent, to be precise) never marry. Taking inspiration from this unsatisfactory data, Shankar Srinivasan and Kalyani Khona decided to develop Inclov.
Touted as world's first online dating mobile app for individuals with disabilities and other sicknesses, the mobile app facilitates the process of matching two people with health disorders.
“I was disheartened by the general attitude of people in matrimonial portals towards those with physical impairment or disability,” says Inclov CEO & Co-founder, Kalyani Khona.
The launch of Inclov spells relief for a lot of people with disabilities who refrained from signing up on regular online dating websites citing their worry of being judged. According to Khona, the idea of catching up with someone having a same challenge through the mobile app is delightful.
While the market is brimming with all sorts of dating apps, Khona says Inclov is a genuinely inclusive platform where people with disabilities can actually find love. "We even have people without any disabilities," she added.
Inclov was launched in January 2016 and in a span of just twenty-two months, the app has about 19,000 registered users. Khona claims it has helped more than 6,000 people with disabilities to find their significant other.
The app's algorithm finds matches based on an individual's level of dependence, medications, cure availability and remedial treatment for their restriction, says Khona.
According to the app's official website, Inclov prototype raised $10,000 on Wishberry from 143 backers across the globe.
“It took us five months to develop the app and conduct multiple testing to ensure 100% accessibility -- color themes for people with color blindness, talkback integration for people with visual impairment, and font size options for people with retina disorder,” Khona pointed out.
Here's how to find your ideal match on Inclov
- Download the Inclov app from Play Store and App Store
- Create an account
- Wait for the verification and review process
- Once verified, start connecting
Aside from helping people with disability find life partners, Inclov helps them create a positive self-image as well.
"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," an unnamed registered user of Inclov told TimesofIndia.
(Image Credit: Team Inclov/YouTube screencap)