Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. Feel free to jump to the one you want by clicking on it. If your question still isn’t answered, feel free to contact us.

When does Neuro Pride Ireland take place?
Neuro Pride Ireland is coming this year: 2nd to 8th August 2021.

The festivities will end on Neuro Pride Day – 8th of August – with a prideful day on YouTube filled with submissions from individuals, the community, and allies.
What does Neuro Pride mean?
It is a space where we can celebrate Neurodivergent People and our Neurodivergent communities. We are proud to be Neurodivergent.
What does ‘Neurodivergent’ mean?
Neurodivergent people have brains that work in ways that are seen as different from the majority of other people.

There are many conditions/ neurotypes that are considered Neurodivergent, for example: Autism, ADHD, PDA, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Migraines, OCD, Bipolar, BPD/ EUPD, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, and many more.

For a more in-depth explanation, please turn to our posts on the topic here: What is ‘neurodivergence’? and Am I Neurodivergent enough for Neuro Pride Ireland?
Do I have to be diagnosed and “out” to attend Neuro Pride Ireland?
No. 

You will never need to disclose your specific diagnosis or identity to attend an event with us. All our events will have the expectation of privacy and confidentiality from all members.

At Neuro Pride Ireland we recognise the importance of self-identification and know that in many cases, holding an official diagnosis is a privilege. And for those of you that are questioning your neurotype and whether you belong – on Monday, 2nd Aug we will be hosting a Zoom social meet so you can talk to like-minded people.
Is Neuro Pride Ireland for LGBTQIAP+ Neurodivergent people?
Yes, but not only! Neuro Pride Ireland is a celebration of Neurodivergencies, regardless of gender or attraction orientations. 

We do recognise that there is a significant crossover between LGBTQIAP+ identities and Neurodivergent identities. In fact, most of our organisers identify as part of the LGBTQIAP+ community. We have at least one event planned that will be exclusively for LGBTQIAP+ Neurodivergent people.

It is the wonderful LGBTQIAP+ Prides world over that inspired the likes of Autistic Pride and now Neuro Pride. We are extremely grateful for the model LGBTQIAP+ Pride provides.
Can allies attend?
Yes. 

There will be some events that will be open to allies and Neurotypical people. These events will mostly be education-based events. We hope that you come and learn from Neurodivergent people about our lives and how best to support us.
Can I have a support person attend with me?
Of course. 

At Neuro Pride Ireland, we are doing our best to be as accessible as we can be and while not everything will be as accessible as we would hope due to limited resources, we will always welcome support people.

We ask that if it is a Neurodivergent-only event that your support person does not give their opinions or questions but they are welcome to sit in and help you.
What type of events will there be?
All events run by Neuro Pride Ireland will be free and online. 

Most events will happen live on Zoom with opportunities to submit pre-recorded contributions. Some events will be held for specific groups also, for example Neurodivergent LGBTQIAP+ members, Neurodivergent Parents, Neurodivergent Activists, Autistic people, or ADHDers.

There will be a nice mix of educational, social and creative events. Please keep an eye on our socials and website’s event page for details on events and on how to sign up!
Can children or teens attend?
Anyone under the age of 18 can attend events – unless they are specifically for over 18s. However, minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This could mean an adult sitting on the same Zoom call with them, or whatever the event may entail. 

We are also aware that there are many parents that are Neurodivergent themselves, including many of our organisers. You are more than welcome to have your children with you at events.
 
If there is an event that isn’t suitable for children to be around, we will make it clear in the event description.
Who is organising Neuro Pride Ireland?
Neuro Pride Ireland’s debut year is being organised by a volunteer-led grassroots group of Neurodivergent adults. However, we welcome and encourage community feedback and help. 

There is also space for informal, community-led events. These will be organised and advertised within our private Neuro Pride Ireland Participants Facebook Group. Neurodivergent adults are encouraged to join this group. You can chat, see all the events and even host your own.
I’m an ally. How can I support Neuro Pride Ireland?
Everybody is welcome to:
• Attend events open to allies
• Follow us on Social Media
• Share our posts
• Invite people to like our Social Media Pages
• Invite people to join our events
I’m Neurodivergent. How can I support Neuro Pride Ireland?
If you are Neurodivergent, you may:
• Join our private Neuro Pride Ireland Participants Facebook Group.
• Offer to help run an event
• Attend events
• Follow us on Social Media
• Share our posts
• Invite people to like our Social Media
• Invite people to join our events