Guidelines for Events

All our events are there for the enjoyment and the comfort of the Neurodivergent community. There is no need to mask or pretend to be someone else. Feel free to come as your authentic self. 

Whatever you feel most comfortable doing, is what you should be doing. That can mean different things to different participants, but everybody’s needs and preferences are valid.

We expect all participants to respect each other’s views and identities. We don’t tolerate any form of bigotry, racism, homophobia, transphobia, other forms of hate speech or attacks on marginalised groups. We reserve the right to remove people from the call as a last resort. Let’s all try our best to give everyone space to express themselves.

Do I have to be on time? Do I have to stay for the whole session? 

If you are running late, don’t worry, pop into the Zoom call whenever you are free. Likewise, feel free to leave at any stage. Whether you are there for 5 minutes or the whole duration, we will be happy to know you were there. There is no pressure to say you’re leaving. 

Do I have to be on camera? Do I have to speak?

Neuro Pride Ireland puts consent first and foremost, you can choose if you have your mic and camera on or not, at any point. To reduce background noise, some hosts might ask everybody to stay muted while they are not speaking.

You can use mouth words or type into the chat box and a host can read out your message. 

You are welcome to just sit in and listen. There is no pressure to interact in any way.

How do I know who I can talk to? How do I let others know who can talk to me?

We can use a communication “traffic light” system by renaming ourselves during the Zoom call to include one of three colours, for example “Sinead (GREEN)” or “Conor (RED)”:

  • GREEN = I’d like to interact with new people! Feel free to talk to me, I will let you know if I don’t want to engage.
  • YELLOW = I’d like to interact with people I’ve talked to before. Only talk to me if we have interacted on previous occasions. 
  • RED = I might not want to interact right now. Please do not talk to me unless I talk to you first.
  • No colour means you’ll manage things as they come .
  • You can change badges / colours many times during a conversation but just remember it might take others a few seconds to notice.
  • Hosts will have the name host in their name.
  • Feel free to include your pronouns in your name – but they are not necessary. 
  • You can type comments as well/ instead of using your voice .
  • If you’re talking about a situation that is sensitive for you it might be helpful if you clearly say if you’re looking for sympathy or if you’re looking for solutions – but you don’t have to do that .

Can I do other things while on the Zoom call?

Feel free to work away on crafts, knitting, colouring or such, if you like to keep your hands busy. Feel free to fidget. Allow your eyes to wander. Wear whatever you are comfortable in. Whatever will make the session(s) most comfortable for you.

Who can attend?

Some of our events are open to everyone, allies welcome, children welcome.

Some of our events are open only to Neurodivergent people.

Can I bring a support person?

Of course, you can have a support person with you if you wish. 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 about children and teenagers?

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.

What if I am nervous about meeting new people? What if I have more questions about Zoom?

If you are nervous, feel free to send us a message and our volunteers can add you to the group and look out for you at the event(s). 

We encourage any Neurodivergent adults to join our participants group so you can engage in conversation with other participants. Here we can get to know some people before the events.

If you have any accessibility needs not mentioned here, please get in touch and we will see what we can do!

Important tech notes:

  • There will be a form to sign up to the Neurodivergent people only events.
  • An email with a link will be sent out on Sunday 1st August, if you don’t receive it by 2pm please pm us.
  • We will be using a paid version of Zoom, so there is end-to-end encryption on the call. For added security reasons, we ask that members do not share the links. We will also add a password and waiting room to the Zoom sessions. 

Accessibility Notice:
All zoom events will be using Zoom’s live captioning functioning.
Subtitles will appear as people speak, as these are automatically generated they may not be a perfect transcription of what people are saying. 

All participants will have the option to turn the subtitles from appearing on their individual device if they follow these instructions.
Please note, Zoom will continue to caption your words. It is only your screen that will not have the subtitles present. 

Via Phone App Instruction

  1. Ensure you are logged into Zoom.
    While, Zoom calls do not require you to be signed in, if you join Zoom without signing into an account, the subtitles will automatically appear and you won’t be able to turn them off.
  2. Before joining the Zoom call, go into settings, then Meeting, then closed captioning.
    Settings → Meeting → Closed captioning
  3. If this is toggled on you will see the subtitles during the Zoom call.
    If this is toggled off you will not see the subtitles during the Zoom call.

Important to remember this has to be done before joining a meeting, so if you want to change your settings after joining you will have to temporarily leave the meeting and follow steps above.

Via Browser Instructions

Ensure you are logged into Zoom.
While, Zoom calls do not require you to be signed in, if you join Zoom without signing into an account, the subtitles will automatically appear and you won’t be able to turn them off.

When in the call, select Live Captions at the bottom of the screen. Here you will have the option of turning the subtitles on or off. 

Video showing you how to do this can be found here: https://vimeo.com/578795908

Via Desktop App Instructions 

  1. Ensure you are logged into Zoom.
    While, Zoom calls do not require you to be signed in, if you join Zoom without signing into an account, the subtitles will automatically appear and you won’t be able to turn them off.
  2. When in the call, select Live Captions at the bottom of the screen. Here you will have the option of turning the subtitles on or off.
  3. Here you also have the option of changing the subtitle size if you click into settings

Useful Links

Website – Events Summary

Website – Frequently Asked Questions 

Facebook – Neuro Pride Ireland Festival updates Event Page

Google Calendar

How to Use Zoom