Well we’ve done it – who would have thought back in June that Ireland’s first celebration of Neuro Pride would have become a week long festival filled to the brim with a huge range of diverse and interconnected experiences and viewpoints? (Well obviously someone did or it wouldn’t have come about).
We are genuinely awestruck (but not surprised) by what our community has achieved. The level of community buy in and investment has made the inaugural festival what it is and it can only get bigger and better. So many great ideas have already sprung from the various meetups (an ND parenting group and an activist group are already in the works). For us the most important aspect of Neuro Pride was building a sense of community and honestly that has been the most rewarding part of this whole endeavour. Nothing about us without us and together we have shown what we as a community can achieve when working together.
Speaking of which we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed: everyone who submitted content and gave freely of their experience and time; everyone who agreed to be interviewed; everyone who hosted a meet up or offered tech support; everyone who shared posts, suggested events, gave feedback; everyone who submitted their amazing art work, poetry, written words and songs – honestly the level of creativity is breath-taking (but again, not a surprise). We are still working on uploading content and updating the videos with subtitles The educational videos and myth-busting will help educate those who wish to learn more about all forms of Neurodivergencies and hopefully will grow as a resource throughout the year.. Together we can help reduce the stigma and lack of knowledge in the wider community and hopefully build a more tolerant and accepting society for us all.
We plan to keep the participants group going to allow us to build our community and build towards a bigger and better festival next year, and for many more years to come. Please feel free to remain and if you’d like to get more involved we’d be delighted to have you.
From the bottom of our (fairly tired) hearts thank you all so much, we really couldn’t have done it without you.