Hello! Welcome to DCU's Neurodivergent Society.
We are a young and ambitious society. In just one year, we have already been crowned the best new society in DCU 2019/2020. We are the first university society of our kind in Europe. We have had a national TV interview for a documentary on social entrepreneurship in Ireland. We ran a campaign week during week 10 of semester two 2020/2021 (March 22nd to 26th). This year our egm will be held with a comedy night to follow on October 15th 2021
What Does Neurodivergent Mean?
In short, being neurodivergent means you think differently to how society would like and expect. You are neurodivergent if you learn things in an unusual way, due to dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, or any other learning difference(s). Maybe you struggle with your mood. People who experience mental illnesses are also neurodivergent. People who have epilepsy, tourettes, autism, or get migraines are all neurodivergent too.
There are so many ways in which people can be neurodivergent. It is a beautifully broad and inclusive term that encompasses an incredibly diverse wealth of contrasting ways of thinking and interacting with the world. We in Neurodivergent Society want to champion a culture of not only accepting but embracing the natural variation in people’s brains.
DCU’s Neurodivergent Society is dedicated to keeping the unique and varied needs of our community in our hearts. We frequently give all members of the society prompts to give feedback on how we are meeting their expectations and what the committee can do better for them. We have an open-door policy to all and we welcome all input.
While everyone is welcome to join this society, it is by and for neurodivergent people. Because so many of our members are neurodivergent, our events take place routinely, in quiet areas, and with a respectful attitude towards all members and their comfort.
We are still in our early days and we are eager to grow and adapt with our members and to be what they need. We also want to become a model for a more kind and aware society. We aim in future years to further educate DCU and the wider world about what it means to be neurodivergent.
Day-to-Day Life in the Society
We hold events every Friday from 3 pm to 5 pm.
The events are casual and simple. Members can come to events as often or little as they like for however long they please. We give as much notice as possible before our events as to what will be involved, where it will be and what committee member will be attending. All of our events are in sensory-friendly spaces.
We also run a number of society’s choice events voted on by all members of the society, Animal Appreciation Night, movie nights, and more.
If you’re still unsure about joining, please reach out with any queries or concerns you may have to email@example.com, or pop along to one of our events to chat to members and committee and get a feel for if it’s right for you.
Quotes from Members
“The Neurodivergent society has been an exceptional place for me to take part in easy-to-join activities and there has been such a great community spirit and friendliness on every occasion.”
“My work in the society (advocating) has made me feel empowered and for the first time I realise that society needs “people like me.” This is really important and would not have happened, only for the society."
“This is a society where nobody will be left out, people will accept you on your terms and it’s always a place you can turn to for a fun time and a break from college stress.”
“Putting myself out there as a leader forced me to challenge every limit I’d taken on with my diagnoses. For as long as I can remember, I’ve internalised “She’ll never hold down a job”, “she’ll have to live at home or in care for her whole life”, “she’s just lazy and will never amount to anything with that attitude”. Hearing and believing those messages, filled with ignorance and hate have afflicted me with terrible self-esteem. Being part of this society makes me part of something so great and important, and in some small way I must be great and important too.“
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