ND Pride 2018

June 18 2018 will be the first edition of the Neurodiversity Pride Day. this day of pride is created by & for neurodivergents, to celebrate neurodivergent uniqueness, and how each of us “nds”, like autistics, adhders, dyslectics and so many more, add beauty to an otherwise neurotypical society. ND Pride Day is a day to embrace your neurological differentness, and rejoice in how these difference make the world a more beautiful place for all of us. 

The program for ND Pride 2018:

Main Event

We have a main event in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. All welcome for food, meetups, speeches and live celebration.

Neurodiversity Keynote of the Year

Every year we will ask a daring pioneer to speak about Neurodiversity. In 2018 the first “Neurodiversiteitsrede” was shared by Tjerk Feitsma, and its written transcripts are shared in the Keynote Room

Neurodivergent Appreciation Cards

We all have neurodivergents around us, that we love, admire, or wish lots of good upon. To let them know, we are sending ‘ND Appreciation postal cards’ to other neurodivergents. And YES, you can send them to yourselves too.

Coming Out as Neurodivergent

To show yourself as Neurodivergent to the world, is takes bravery. It may take courage. But perhaps, this is your day, to release yourselfs of the mask, and accept your authentic nature.

Support & Cocelebrations

Our first edition, is fairly humble; ‘we got this’. Our burning wish is to forge a new worldwide tradition, and this needs many, many ‘friends’ cocelebrating and supporting this dream. There will be many ways more, to support the celebrations in following years.

You Time

ND Pride, is more about YOU, than about anybody else. If there is anything you choose to do today, we’d recommend a moment to reflect, for each of us neurodivergents. To remember what we bring to the world. To smile, knowing it’s a lot.


The ND Pride Day was founded by neurodivergents, created for ALL Neurodivergents to celebrate themselves and all other NDs in their world.

The Neurodiversity Foundation is the hub for organizers worldwide, as the initial founders, but multiple organizations organize internationally.     

Pride Stands Together.

In ND Pride we have created a day for ALL neurodivergents, like Dyslectics, Adhdoers, Tourettians and so many more. ND Pride is for all of us, its our day.

We are inspired by others, but we are not directly connected to other pride movements like LGTBQIA+pride, Mad Pride or Autistic Pride. We stand with them, we support them, but we are different initiatives, with our own ways.


All are welcome to join ND Pride celebrations, NT allies included. And, if you abide by ‘The 3 rules”, each Neurodivergent can also create their own activity.

We also welcome partners, most are non-profit community partners, but we also allow for corporate partners that have ability to create jobs and roles for neurodivergents.


About the 2018 Neurodiversity Pride Day:

Theme: Do What Makes You Flappy

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Neurodiversity Pride Day NL 2018, theme: Celebrating Neurodivergent Uniqueness


NEURODIVERSITY PRIDE DAY – Celebrating Neurodivergent Uniqueness

In this world, there are no mistakes, only variations. We are all here for a reason, and there is quaint beauty beyond the mold of the majority. So it is with great pride that, on June 18th in 2018 in the city of Rotterdam, for the very first time in our nation, we will celebrate neurodivergent uniqueness, together with neurodiverse families in the Netherlands. In the event, there will be speeches and drinks, and we salute, those who accepted, appreciated or supported us being who truly we are. Those who helped us break the molds and the masks. Those who helped us accept ourselves. Those who support us, ‘in being flappy’.

neurodiversity pride day - neurodivergent narwhal flappy - from ed wiley library - neurodiversity foundationIts a day of ‘neurominority pride’, to stand strong and mark the uniqueness that we are. Pride for being exactly who we are, in a world that may not understand us. A world that feels different from us, but that is still our own home, and the home of those we love. It is day to choose love, to choose connection, choose (self)acceptance. To shine brighter, regardless of the difficulties we faced.

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Neurodivergent Narwhals celebrating!

And for some, its a day for coming out, to unmask, to discontinue the hiding, and reveal yourself unto others. Its a day to appreciate neurodivergents like, or unlike you, for who they really are. Its also a day of gratitude, where we honour those who helped us get us where we are now.

The event is in grattitude for those who supported us, and in preparation of a global Neurodiversity Pride event, for which we overtly invite ASAN, ANI & AE to join us & AF4 in upcoming years.

Speeches by Tjerk Feitsma, Lana Jelenjev, Omotola Bolarin and Eleonora Spagnuolo. If you want to be a speaker or presenter, send the foundation a message via the contactform. Access is free for all.

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For this foundation, for this very first event, we, as a team, honour the Cor Wit Fonds with their generous gift of 200.000 to finance our researchprojects on autistic communication. Also we honour specific persons who have helped us on our path towards inclusion or understanding. Those that learned us something new. Those that showed us something we needed to see, by being something awesome themselves, wrapping a specific life lesson to remember and integrate in our daily choices, indirectly helping us to find our voice as a collective, as its growing, in numbers, in strength, and in decibels;

Marie-Jose van den Boogaard (KPN) Michael Amiable (MCF), Rob Basjes (Abena), Peter Seuntjens (PHS Fund), Daan Beukers (Authentict), Peter Brouwer (Autitalent), John Scholtz (consulting), Gigi Wang (ACE), Sjoerd van der Maaden (Specialisterren), Rens Stavorinus (KPN),
Online Department (010), Michiel Willems (H1), Jelle Dijkmans (TU), Aleksandr & Fons & Dennis (Gents), bestuur SHC & partners (SHC), Ruben Habraken (Ece) het voltallige bestuur van Cor Wit Fonds (CWF), Samsung, and the Neurodivergent Narwhals (and all at the Ed Wiley Autism Library).

About ND Pride 2020

On the 18th of June 2020 we will celebrate the Neurodiversity Pride Day in the Netherlands.”Vier je eigen feestje” is this years theme, and means; to celebrate yourself, to celebrate the ones like you & to celebrate in your own way.

Neurodiversity Pride Day is the nations 3rd celebration of the value of 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. 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!

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.