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Inclusive Monthly Meetup:
Gives me great happiness to introduce the Inclusive Monthly Meetup initiative for ALL, for our friends with and without disabilities, organized with the simple motive of ‘being seen‘, dissolving barriers, having conversations and of course, celebrating with food, cinema, music and outings.
Using the widest survey definition, it is estimated that there are 10 million disabled person in India. But for various reasons they remain ‘invisible’ to many of us. On the other hand, having a disability also contributes to feelings of social isolation and not being understood or acknowledged. Our monthly get together keeps the social lives of persons with disabilities active.
We launched this initiative in Mumbai in May 2017 and have successfully organised regular monthly meets since then, the 16th meetup was held in September at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz.
Our meetup initiative has provided a space for ALL to come forth, mingle together and return more aware. The meetups facilitate people coming together in spite of the challenges, and together sharing suggestions for supporting each other in a welcoming, fun filled, joyful, non-judgmental and safe environment.
It has been challenging to source venues accessible for our wheelchair user friends in Mumbai and to come up with meetup ideas to keep the interest going for both our disabled and non-disabled friends, however here are some details of a few of our meetups.
We have some members who have not missed a single meetup. But for us what is exciting is that every meetup sees new faces leading to new conversations and learning new stories.
In the future we plan to include empowering talks and sessions and stories but fun first and foremost, we want to have since from experience we know how much a serious condition affects ones social life. We feel that as important as discussions are, so is keeping our social lives active.
In each Monthly get together we also urge our friends to share their suggestions for Meet-Ups with us, we’re open to anything and everything within reason.
THE IDEA IS TO EXPLORE THE FACT THAT WHEN LIKE-MINDED, BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL INDIVIDUALS MEET, MAGIC CAN HAPPEN.
IF YOU WISH TO CONDUCT A SESSION IN OUR MEETUP, VOLUNTEER OR DONATE DO CONNECT WITH US.
A quick view of our 17 Meetups.Click here.
To know more about each of our meetup which we carefully design and curate. Click here.