Celebrate Neurodivergent uniqueness on Neurodiversity Pride Day 2022!

Timeline

The vision, mission, projects and initiatives

The Foundation has the goal; To create a society that works for all individuals regardless of their braintypes, we develop in projects, the tools, community, campaigns, researches and products, to enhance societal equality, social connections and cooperation between neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals, thereby supporting to move forward towards a neurodiverse society.

The Foundation will reach her goals by:

  1. research activities, production, innovation and distribution of projects that facilitate equality, self-management and effective joining for neurodivergents in the classroom, on the working space, in friendships, in groups in relationships and as individuals in society.
  2. campaigns of information that foster mutual understanding, curiosity and acceptable between neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals,
  3. developing knowledge and tools for effective communication that take into consideration how communication and cooperation is enacted by neurodiverse individuals

Simple Plan

There are three parts to the plan:

  1. We build the technology that actually solves the problem.
  2. We distribute this to 10.000 dutch Neurodivergents.
  3. We distribute this to 10 million global users.

The Neurodiversity Foundation has 3 pillars of focus

  • Assistive Technology for neurodiverse communication: In the ATHENS initiative, its partners are creating the tools to facilitate communication by and cooperation in (neuro)diverse families with a messenger that supports basic gestures, basic signs, sentence-stepping and a team- or family-specific ‘secret’ motion-language for online and offline communication: Family Signs & Work Signs. The foundation aims to explore and research the possibility and implementation of a default motion-signalling language for online & offline use, in order to bridge the communicationgaps between neurotypes.
  • Awareness & Pride, for all neurodivergents: Neurodiversity information and support campaigns. Via video (Krachtig Anders video series), social media campaigns (accounts & influencers), games (neurodiverse traits quartet), workshops, and through politics (supporting neurodiverse friendly politicians with a Neuroinclusive Politician Award, and direct proposals). We show our pride, by organizing the National Neurodiversity Pride Day- run, each year on June 18th.
  • Education about the value of (neuro)diversity: My Amazing Brain – magazine, distribution and campaign to support neurodiverse friendly classrooms. Also, we created the Neurodiversity Education Academy with free courses, supported by apps. As well as webinars on the topic. Neurodiversity also maintains the Brainy App, which was build by our researchpartner 2Tango.

The Foundation has projects

  1. – Supporting the Research for the Family Signs project (Via ATHENS)
  2. – Neurodiversity Pride Day
  3. – Neurodiversity Education Academy
  4. – Brainy App & My Amazing Brain Magazine
  5. – Brain Awareness Week activities
  6. – Workshops & Webinars on diversity
  7. – Research for the Together project
  8. – Stride with Pride
  9. – Neuroemergence Online Summit
  10. – Research for Signs for Schools project (Via ATHENS)
  11. – Research for Signs for Work project (Via ATHENS)

Research for the Family Signs Project:

The Family Signs research project is our largest project, and our biggest hope for fueling mutual understanding between persons of different neurotypes and communication preferences, on a worldwide scale.

* It includes the non-scientific research efforts and concepting of earlier prototypes and ideas, that supports our projectpartner, the dutch, social impact company 2Tango into making “Signs”. This is a real product for people to use, in order for them to be understood better by others, and thereby bridging the gap between different neurotypes. Our first focus is supporting the handsign-messenger for families. Our longterm focus is neurodiverse translation, through a semi-universal sign language, communicable via a digital messenger. 2Tango is founded, for the same reason as the foundation, but is capable of bringing ideas into reality by building the apps & tools that directly support  our mission. The cooperation is called ‘the Assistive Tech Hub Enhancing a Neurodiverse Society’, or ‘Athens Initiative’. 

Statutes

In transparancy, we publish our full statutes & boardmembership publicly:

Original Slide Deck of the ATHENS Initiative 

Investors

We are appreciative to the choice of our investors to fund our research efforts and productional efforts, for both the foundation and its app-making partner 2Tango, and hereby mention specifically:

  • Cor Wit Fund: Funding for the research projects  for the Neurodiversity Foundation.
  • Rabo Bank: Funding to support Neurodiversity Pride Day

We seek more funding to continue or complete our research, projects and products. For tips, talks or introductions to people that may wish to support our dream or technology, send a mail to tjerk@neurodiversiteit.nl.

Locations

We are based in the Netherlands and have offices in Rotterdam and Amstelveen. Please contact us, if you wish to meet us.

  • Main office: tiengemeten 131, 1181 CS, Amstelveen
  • Rotterdam office: Closed since the Corona Pandemic.

Logo & Designfiles

These are the rainbow colors of the Neurodiversity Foundation. They are similar but different from the rainbows of other Diversity & Pride groups.

This is the design guide of the Neurodiversity Foundation. They are the core, upon which we will add new variations to suit our goals.

KVK number

  • Our Chambre of Commerce number is: 71010025
  • Bank account used by the foundation: NL41INGB0008401131

Partner with us

The Neurodiversity Foundation is on the very innovative edge of assistive technology. We love working with likeminded groups, individuals and organizations. And we see many having a similar wish for this world, as the one fueling our passion. For those wishing for a more inclusive world, embracing all types of minds, we believe that we are here to actually solve the problem, not just talk about it, if you do too: Work with us, for us, or team up in our research efforts. This can be via partnership in the ATHENS Initiative, via a shared research unit, or with the foundation directly. For more information, email us at info@neurodiversiteit.nl.

Test our technology with us: for organizations

Mutual understanding is productive and preferable to confusion and social politics. Our aim is to level the playing field, and thereby effortlessly unlocking the value of neurodiversity in the workplace.

Note: All tools are heavily geared towards personal privacy, encrypted, gdpr proof, and since all data is decentralised, it cannot be used for monitoring, tracking or any usecase other than supporting the neurodivergent workforce and their company leaders to communicate and cooperate more effectively. 

Test our technology with us: for individuals

If you want to become a tester, please send an email to info@neurodiversiteit.nl.

Work for us

The Neurodiversity Foundation has the capacity to host interns. Soms work at the office, some do their own research externally, all are curious, clever or crafty, all work hard in their own field, and are selected for the motivation and capacity to create impact. If you fit this profile, email us why we would love to have you at info@neurodiversiteit.nl.

HBO/WO (academic and professional) -level

  • Speech Therapy (logopedie): You will support the Signs project, forging an autism friendly sign language, to match our tech.
  • Behavorial Psychology: You will support the improvements of the Learner project, coupling solutions with personal states and contexts.
  • Data driven Psychology: You will support the development of Family Signs, modelling in Signs translation.
  • Data science: You will support the build, tuning of models and allround technical issues enhancing the virtual assistant.
  • Experts of neurodiversity: You will provide advice, reseach, or support the testing phases of the solutions we are building.
  • Financial Management: You will support the administrative division in automating and optimizing the organization.

HBO/MBO professional and practical level

  • Event organizer: You will support organizing the Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 in 16 cities in the Netherlands
  • Event manager: You will support organizing the activities on Brain Awareness Week and Autism Week in the Netherlands
  • Visual designer: You will support the creation of visuals, video’s, images, animations needed for the classroom project, pride day projects, website, information leaflets and social media.
  • Experts of neurodiversity: You will be an ambassador, provide communication and feedback, and support the testing of the solutions.

Contact

If you want to send us a message, these are some of your options:
1) fill the contactform on this website.
2) send us an email to:  info@neurodiversiteit.nl
3) send a mail to our crewmembers:

4) send a message via linkedin: Linkedin CEO  Tjerk
5) send a call-me-back text message to our phone, explaining who you are and why you want to be called back: 06-14034299

Celebrate Neurodiversity Pride Day! Celebrate Neurodivergent uniqueness at June 18th!

What is Neurodiversity Pride Day?

Online Summit
Three days of workshops, keynotes and talks about Neurodiversity and Brain Awareness. Starting June 16th – June 18th.

Metaverse
The Pride Universe of the Neurodiverse will open up in all of June for all virtual and digital participants and will host a big event

Stride
With Stride 2022, neurodivergents ride with pride. Allready 100+ signed up to collectively travel round the moon!

Personal
For each neurodivergent, June 18th we take time, solo or together, to celebrate yourself, and your own way, in your own way

Celebrate Your Own Way, On Neurodiversity Pride Day. 18/6/2022

During Neurodiversity Pride Day, each year on June 18th, since 2018, we celebrate neurodivergent uniqueness and the value of neurodiversity in society; a day to appreciate all who are neurologically distinct. Celebrated worldwide, its a day for and by neurodivergents, and those who love them.

On Pride Day, we as neurodivergents take a moment to reflect on what we are proud for in our own life, the love we bring to our families and friends, the value we add to teams and the everyday courage it takes to be yourself.

A day to turn the page of a difficult past or present, and rejoice in the fact, that there is only one person like yourself. And that this uniqueness, is something to be proud of. You, be you, and this day invites all to celebrate your own way, in your own way.

For Organizations

Celebrate your neurodivergent teammembers

Most organizations accomodating a neurodiverse workforce, become market leaders; 35% of CEOs are dyslectic or ADHD, and Autistics found often to be the key to true innovation. If your organization is supported too by the power of neurodiversity, we invite you to celebrate Neurodiversity Pride Day, and spread some warmth to neurodivergents working in your teams.

“One of us. Gobble Gobble. We accept you. One of us.”

Read more about how your organization can join Neurodiversity Pride Day

  • Organize a luncheon for neurodivergent teammembers
  • Publish a message from the leadership team
  • Amplify the message of inclusion and diversity through social media
  • Evaluate your screening, evaluation and hiring processes.

For Neurodivergents

Celebrate yourself.

This day is created by neurodivergents, to celebrate self-acceptance of ourselves, and appreciation towards our kind; those who are neurologically unlike most others. For one day, we shift our focus to how we make society more beautiful and vital, in spite of any of the struggles we face daily. For one day, we pride ourselves with having the courage to keep being ourselves, regardless of the negative stereotypes and efforts to minimize our uniqueness.

You, be you.

Read more about what you can do on Neurodiversity Pride Day

  • Spend time in the Pride Universe of the Neurodiverse
  • Listen to the Pride Day Anthem or take a moment to reflect on your everyday bravery.
  • Join workshops, talks and the keynote of the program
  • Do whatever you like. Solo or together, its all good.

For All

Celebrate those who are most unlike yourself

Dyslexia existed before books were written, ADHD and Autistic genes were active 10.000 years ago, but in current society we are a minority that fights hard to be accepted as we are naturally. Every person in this world, knows neurodivergents, in their friends, teams, family, and most love at least one of them. On this day, neurodivergents stand in defiance of those societal forces wanting us gone. Stand with us.

Be Kind.

Read more about what you can do on Neurodiversity Pride Day

  • Send a message of love and acceptance
  • Join activities or spend time with your favorite neurodivergent.
  • Go for kindness. This is what neurodivergents need in todays culture.
  • Learn from activities and talks shared in the last 4 editions, or join the 2022 activities.

For Organizers:

There are the Three Rules for organizers. Activities that do not adhere to these three rules, are not part of Neurodiversity Pride Day:

  • No racism or discrimination of any kind allowed. A world that is better for all, is a world where any person has the ability to thrive, regardless of which skincolor, culture or neurotype they are born into. Therefore, we stand with all minorities reclaiming their pride.
  • No sad stories, on this day; you can do that on every other day, June 18th is created to celebrate the reasons giving us our pride.
  • Nothing about us without us: in each activity, a neurodivergent needs to have a role.

Examples of activities of Neurodiversity Pride Day are:

  • The bi-annually Neuro Inclusive Politician Award, for the politician supporting neurodivergents in the political arena.
  • Workshops and webinars about neurodiversity friendly ways of education
  • The Neurodiversity Keynote of the year, presented by a daring pioneer
  • Interviews with Neurodivergents and respected experts in the field
  • Lunches, sharingcircles and appreciation meetups in companies and organisations
  • Statements of inclusion from municipal mayors and aldermen (m/x/f)
  • Small celebrations organized locally
  • A joyous call for the discontinuance of discriminatory practices and outdated policies
  • Neurodivergents sending messages of support to another
  • A visit to the You Room of the Pride Universe of the Neurodiverse
  • Organizations supporting Pride in their social media channels
  • And so much more.

Join us in celebrating neurodivergent uniqueness and a world that equally embraces all neurotypes. Exhibition? March? Workshop? Lecture? Meetup? Slowdating? Movie? Silent Walk? Sending Cards? What would you like to do to celebrate neurodiversity?

We aim to make this day of celebration a global one, if you are organizing events too, this year or the next, send us a email.

Sponsors

We are grateful for many sponsors and contributors, these include:

  • All volunteers and sympathizers of the Neurodiversity Foundation and its networks, sharing their input for free.
  • All volunteers and sympathizers of the Neurodiversity Education Academy and its network.
  • Ozone Universe – Via their generous gift of crucial Virtual Reality Meetup software needed for the Virtual Event.
  • 2Tango social impact organisation – Via their ongoing technological support.
  • Cor Wit Fund – Via their longstanding support for our foundational mission.
  • Gather – Via their gift of free services for the Pride Week.
  • Loops – Via their gift of free materials for Pride Week.
  • Stichting A-Talent – With their support on the Stride project.
  • Harborn – Via their support with building the Stride App.
  • Boomerang agency – Via their partnership in organizing the Virtual Event.
  • Via agency- With their support in organizing the Virtual Event.
  • VSB Fund – Via their backing in the Call for Inclusion.

We are still enthusiastically tracking down all parties that may wish to support our Pride Day, and join in! If you have any tips for us, or if you yourself want to support us with a donation in money, materials or with services, please send us an email to pride@neurodiversiteit.nl, or send us a message in the contact form.

About Neurodiversity Pride Day

Neurodiversity Pride Day is the global celebration of the value of people with different types of minds. Its organized since 2018, every year on June 18th to support acceptance, inclusion and appreciation in society of people who are most unlike most others. And also to have a day to celebrate your own unique brain, and how it benefits the world. We all have something unique and awesome to contribute, and on this day we invite all to show what they are proud of! 

Neurodiversity Pride Day started organizing in the Netherlands in 2018, stemming from the neurodivergent-led Neurodiversity Foundation, but has quickly been adopted by partners in the USA, the UK, The Philippines, Australia and Indonesia. Its origin was inspired by Autistic Pride events, and other activities celebrating humans with a neurological distinctiveness. Neurodiversity Pride Day however, sets out to include all neurotypes in celebration, and focusses on the benefits of a neurodiverse future that embraces all. We hope to make this day a global day of Pride and appreciation, and invite cooperation with all that have a similar wish for an inclusive world where no masks are needed, and humans are celebrated for their uniqueness.

Pride Day Program 2021

Neurodiversity Pride Day is the global celebration of neurodivergence: the added value of having people with different types of minds. Its organized every year on June 18th to support acceptance, inclusion and appreciation in society of people who are most unlike most others. On Neurodiversity Pride Day, you are invited to celebrate you being you, in all your unique ways. Well done, you!

The day is een reminder, a celebration of your own unique brain, and how it benefits the world around you. Autistic, Dyslectic, Neurotypical, these are just some shapes of the neurological variances we have to each other. None are errors, all contribute to our human society. In humanity, there are no mistakes, only variations. Each brain, each person, adds something uniquely beautiful to our human collective. And this idea, the idea of neurodiversity, deserves a spotlight, and a day of celebration, for its our differences, our unlikeness to each other, that ups the vitality of society. We all have something unique and awesome to contribute, and on this day neurodivergent people and their allies celebrate!

There are fun, serious and interesting activities organized in the Netherlands and worldwide, but most importantly: this is the day where you can party or honor your brainy self or your likeminded others, solo or with others, in whatever way works for you. Or as we’d say in Dutch: Vier Je Eigen Feestje!

Each June 18th, neurodivergents & their allies, celebrate Neurodiversity.
This, is your invitation, to celebrate, your own way, in your own way.
The times mentioned for each activity, may change, upon practical needs.

Neurodiversity Pride Day – Program 2021 – 18 June

At June 18 2021 the Neurodiversity Pride Day is organized in the Netherlands. The program for the day is still in the making, but we wanted to share some of the main projects and activities for the day.

Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 9:00

Pride Frame:
We will release a Neurodiversity Pride Frame for social media. Its a easy, fun way, to show others your inclusion or allyship. Read about 2020 Pride Frame Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 10:00

Neuroinclusive Politician Award 2021-2023:
Who will win: Peter, Lisa, Sylvana, Lilianne, Rugter oe Rudmer? A winner is selected for the award by a secret neurodivergent jury. Interview with nominees Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - All Day

You:
For neurodivergents: Remember today, what you are proud for. And if you are neurotypical: share with a neurodivergent friend or loved-one what makes them awesome to you.
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 13:00

Growth Through Adversity talks:
We will invite national and international experts for a conversation about the current state of neurodiverse individuals. The talks will be shared, after Pride Day, by the NE Academy.
See the 2020 Talks Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 14:00

NE Academy – Online Pride Day Summit:
The Neurodiversity Education Academy organizes an online summit, to make sure we can be together, even if covid limits our ability to be physically together. Go To NE Academy Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 15:00

Neurodivergents Poets showcase:
We want to share 10 poems by dutch neurodivergent poets
Nominate Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 16:00

Neurodivergent Artists showcase:
We want to share 10 pieces of art, made by dutch neurodivergent artists Nominate Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 17:00

Neurodiversiteitsrede:
We will hold the annual speech of the year, delivered by a pioneer in their field, and broadcast it live. See 2019 Edition See 2020 Edition Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 19:00

Neurodiversity Pride Anthem:
A special new rendition of our themesong is composed in the Netherlands by a famous techno DJ and his musical team. Hear the original Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 20:00

Neurodiversity Pride Party (online):
DJs will perform a disco online, for people wanting to dance in celebration, from the safety of their homes, using their desktops or mobiles. Dancing from home – Zoom Link Here DJ Dancing Link here
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 09:00-22:00

Pridefee for Insta:
share your own #weareallnuts picture. Be creative! Upload it to the socials with the hashtag. For extra glam: You may also use the two 100m2 billboards in Schiphol Airport & Amsterdam Leidseplein, as a visual backdrop. #Weareallnuts examples Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 21:00

Release of the Neurodiverse Traits Game:
This kwartet game (‘go fish’), has 4 positive traits for 9 neurotypes in the game to play. Its designed and crafted by Marieke, and supported by Stijn Schenk, and the foundation. Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - All Day

Add your activity:
If you want to organize an activity to celebrate the day by yourself, with your organization, or group of friends, do so! Add you own Pride Activity to the program
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 - 23:59

Countdown:
Our friends at ADHD Cafe, are counting down the month in content posts. Countdown resets, at 23:59 for Pride Day 2022!
Read the 2020 Countdown Check it out
Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021

Synaesthesia Room:
In Rotterdam, this immersive artwork by Valeria Perboni, will be showcased live for a lucky few!
Read about the Synaesthesia Room Check it out

Neurodiversity Pride Day 2020: Vier Je Eigen Feestje!

Neurodiversity Pride Day - Program of the Annual Celebration of Neurodiversity - 18 June 2020
On the 18th of June 2020 we will celebrate the Neurodiversity Pride Day in the Netherlands.

Vier je eigen feestje” is the theme of this day, and means; to celebrate yourself, to celebrate the ones like you & to celebrate in your own way. Follow updates on: neurodiversiteit.nl, on facebook or #neurodiversityprideday. Most activities have a information page on this website, some of it will be in dutch language, but most of it is in english.

Activities & Contributors

Programma

The program of the day:

Timeline 

3rd Edition: “Vier Je Eigen Feestje” 

Neurodiversity Pride Day is the nations 3rd edition celebrating of the value of people with different types of minds in society at large. Its organized every year on June 18th to support acceptance, inclusion and appreciation in society of people who are most unlike most others. And also to have a day to celebrate your own brain, and how your uniqueness benefits the world. We all have something awesome to contribute, and on this day we invite all to show or feel what they are proud of! Celebrate yourself, in your own way. Together, or solo. Celebrate your uniqueness!

Among the activities on the day, there will be the traditional annual Neurodiversiteitsrede.  There will be interviews with neurodivergents. There will be talks about a neurodiverse future in post-corona times with experts. There will be Workshops for teachers, kids and parents. And there will be meetups with workshops om embracing differences. During the day, both english and dutch are spoken and used.

About Neurodiversity Pride Day

Neurodiversity Pride Day was initiated by the Neurodiversity Foundation, and was inspired by the Autism Pride days in the US & UK. In the Netherlands its  2020 edition is supported by the NVA, Impuls/Woortblind and Spirit, and we are welcoming other organizations that want to contribute by organizing an activity on this edition or on the 2021 edition. Also a growing number of individuals and companies have a wish to celebrate this day, and yes: we are all welcome!

Due to Corona Virus

Corona-update: What we can’t do, yet, but aim for in 2021: Due to Corona Virus, we had to delay some fun activities to the fourth edition, just to make sure we can support ‘flattening the covid curve’, this includes:

  • The wall of Inclusion: A new endeavour and ambition for 2021 is to create the ‘Pride Wall of Inclusion‘, and invite 16 mayors & alderman of every province in the Nederlands to add their message, in videoform, of acceptance, appreciation and inclusion for all, regardless of which neurotype you are born with. An egg hatched from the heartfelt message of inclusion, made by Amstelveens alderman Marijn in the opening of last years main event. Their messages of inclusion and pride, speaking on behalf of their municipalities will be added to a 16-tiled metascreen, playing each of the messages, one after another. This ‘wall’ will be livestreamed on Neurodiversity Pride Day, and projected on building that are partnering with the pride day organizations.
  • The Neurodance event does not fit the regulations of the government of social distancing. Therefore we will seek for an alternative date or edition.
  • The live friending & matching event for Together did not fit the covid regulations, therefore IF the ‘curve is flattened’, we will seek for possibilities to recreate this event in Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021 or Autism Week.
  • The Neuro-Inclusive Politician Award stays with the 2019 winner, Lisa Westerveld. until June 18 2021, when we hope to nominate a successor, as we also keep up our hopes for more representatives giving voice to the concerns of Neurodivergents in dutch politics.

Neurodiversity Education Academy

NE Academy

We have build an educational platform focused on awareness, advocacy and capacity building for parents and schools: the Neurodiversity Education Academy.

The vision of the ‘NE Academy’ is, a society that recognizes the importance of neurodiversity and amplifies the strengths as well as provides accessibility to all neurotypes.

  • We believe that it is crucial for society to create neurodiverse friendly homes and schools that support all neurotypes. 

  • We dream of a world where representation is omnipresent. A place where a neurodivergent child can find and connect with wonderful role models, of people who leveraged their differences and succeeded. 

  • We believe that achieving this vision is a process, a journey if you will, and those willing to set out will need good guides, spaces to rest and reflect and good information about where they are going and what is possible.

What do we provide?

  • Self paced online training, 
  • More extensive time bound courses with live sessions, 
  • Live online workshops talks or interviews, single or in a conference bundle (i.e. during Brain Awareness week and on & around Neurodiversity Pride day)
  • Replay bundles of old workshops or online conferences
  • Bespoke sessions for your team with practice based Q&A sessions at the end
  • Downloadable tools and resources 

Where can I start?

Mission

The aim of our mission is to eventually build the Neurodiversity into a broad range of courses and workshops aimed at diverse target groups. We aim to build our courses on the combination of 

  • The work international experts and their evidence based practices 
  • Best practices from everyday practitioners in the target groups area of expertise
  • The combined experience of neurodivergent people with hands on experience on what works.

We want to offer a wide range of introductory courses for free as we believe everyone should have access to information that can make the world more neurodiverse friendly. At the same time we want to support our (often themselves neurodivergent) content creators in making a living off their work, so we will also offer paid courses. 

Team

Cofounders of the NE Academy are Lana Jelenjev & Saskia Wenniger. Read more about them on the NE Academy website.

Join us in sharing knowledge

If you are an experts in ‘education’, ‘neurodiversity’, ‘inclusive teaching methods’, we might want to host your wisdom to the many others seeking it. If you are interested in creating a free course: contact us, we will want to talk with you! Next to free courses, there are also opportunities for paid courses to support your income.

Support us with a donation, on our donation page

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