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The Diverse Butterfly Podcast

The Diverse Butterfly Podcast

By Cassidy Hooper
This podcast is to raise awareness of Turner Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome/autism. I want to share experiences and to let people know they’re not alone on this journey!
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Interview with Robby Parman, Executive Director of The Regional Rehabilitation Center
In this episode, I interview Robby Parman, the Executive Director of The Regional Rehabilition Center in Tupelo, Mississippi! He talks about the mission and purpose of The Regional Rehab Center, what therapies they provide, how they became a non-profit, how they partnered with The Arc of Northeast Mississippi Chapter, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
08:10
October 25, 2020
Interview with Cheryl Falzone, Director of The Arc of Northeast Mississippi Chapter
In this episode, I talk with Cheryl Falzone, the Director of The Arc of Northeast Mississippi Chapter. She talks about the mission and purpose of The Arc and its chapters which is Inclusion for all, disability advocacy, self-advocacy, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
12:55
October 18, 2020
Interview with Nicole Topp, Woman with Turner Syndrome
In this episode, I interview another woman with TS, Nicole Topp! She opens up about her diagnosis of Turner Syndrome. She also talks about her heart surgery during the pandemic, her advice for newly diagnosed girls and women with TS, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
11:46
October 07, 2020
Interview with Brenda Weitzberg, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Aspiritech
In this episode, I interview Brenda Weitzberg, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Aspiritech. In this episode, she talks about what Aspiritech is, the mission and purpose of Aspiritech, the vision for Aspiritech, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
36:35
September 30, 2020
Interview with Terry Siegle, Woman with Turner Syndrome
In this episode, I chat with another woman with Turner Syndrome from North Mississippi, Terry Siegle! She talks about her diagnosis of Turner Syndrome, how we need to be the voice and our own advocate when it comes to our health needs, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
06:15
September 24, 2020
Interview with Amy Pinder of Inclusion Festival
In this episode, I chat with Amy Pinder of Inclusion Festival! She talks about what Inclusion Festival is and how it came to be, what inclusion means to her, what inclusion means for not just the autism or disability community but for everyone, and much more! Hope you enjoy!
07:57
September 16, 2020
Interview with Dr. Mark Shepherd, My Endocrinologist
In this episode, I interview Dr. Mark Shepherd, my endocrinologist! In this episode, you will learn what Turner Syndrome is, the health challenges that girls and women with Turner Syndrome face, the difference between mosaic Turner Syndrome and classic Turner Syndrome, what he thinks about self-advocacy, etc. Hope you enjoy!
20:08
September 09, 2020
Interview With My Mom, Regina Hooper
In this episode, I interview my mom, Regina Hooper, about Turner Syndrome! She talks about her first thought when I was diagnosed with TS, advice for moms whose girls have just been diagnosed with Turner Syndrome, why awareness for TS is so important, and much more! Hope you enjoy this episode!
08:02
September 02, 2020
Interview with Samuel Huber, Autism Self-Advocate
In this episode, I interview fellow autism self-advocate, Samuel Huber! He talks about his autism diagnosis, why self-advocacy is so important, the purpose of his YouTube channel, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
16:18
August 23, 2020
Interview with Pam Dollar
In this episode, I interview Pam Dollar, Executive Director of The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities! She also has a 29 year old son with autism! She discusses why she thinks self-advocacy is so important, the mission and purpose of The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities and the Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center, and much more! Check it out and hope you like it!
30:05
August 07, 2020
Interview with Jeff Snyder, Autism Self-Advocate
In this episode, I interview fellow autism self-advocate, Jeff Snyder! He talks about self-advocacy, his diagnosis, why self-advocacy is so important, and much more! Enjoy my conversation with Jeff!
11:01
July 29, 2020
Interview with Emily, Woman with Turner Syndrome
In this episode, I talk to Emily, another woman with Turner Syndrome! She talks about her diagnosis with TS, what challenges she faces with having TS, her advice for newly diagnosed girls with Turner Syndrome, and much more! Check it out!
06:30
July 09, 2020
Interview with Doug Blecher of Autism Personal Coach
In this episode, I talk to Doug Blecher of Autism Personal Coach! He talks about how Autism Personal Coach came to be, the purpose of Autism Personal Coach, his background in the field of autism, why it's so important to focus on autism in adulthood, and much more!
21:42
June 08, 2020
Interview with Dr. Dean Mooney
In this episode, I interview Dr. Dean Mooney! He discusses his background and what he does for the Turner Syndrome community, autism community, and for individuals with non-verbal learning disabilities, his insight on the differences and similarities between Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger's Syndrome and non-verbal learning disabilities, coping tips for women with NVLD struggling with anxiety and depression, accommodations in the workplace for TS women with NVLD, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
29:01
June 02, 2020
Interview with Brian R. King
In this episode, I interview Brian R. King! He’s a coach to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD. He’s also an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Multiple Sclerosis , and several other chronic illnesses. He’s the father of 3 sons who all have Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD as well. He talks about his diagnosis as well as his 3 sons’ diagnosis. He mentions that his father has Asperger’s too as well as his grandfather and uncle and that it’s common on his dad’s side of the family! He talks about why there needs to be more focus on autism in adulthood, his advice for individuals with autism transitioning into adulthood and transitioning into the college setting, why community support is so important for individuals on the spectrum, his advice for individuals on the spectrum who are struggling during this pandemic, the misconceptions about autism, and much more! Hope you all enjoy!
15:48
May 26, 2020
Interview with Amy Benjamin
In this episode, I talk to Amy Benjamin! She’s a woman from North Mississippi who is battling COVID-19. Her daughter and her father are also battling Coronavirus. She also has a 10 year old daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome. She talks about the battle she’s facing with COVID-19 as well as her daughter’s struggles with COVID-19. She also talks about how her daughter with Asperger’s is coping with the whole situation, what gets her through this battle, her love for humanity, the reasoning for posting about her battle with Coronavirus on Facebook and social media, and much more!
22:33
May 22, 2020
Interview with Ganem Kassees, Autism Self-Advocate
In this episode, I talk to Ganem Kassees! He’s an autism self-advocate and Christian and he runs an autism faith-based group on Facebook. He talks about his autism diagnosis, the purpose of his group, the benefits of the group, how his faith helped him cope with his diagnosis, being accepting of people who want to join his group who are not religious, what he hopes for his group in the future, and how his faith affected how he views autism.
19:42
May 13, 2020
Interview with Liz Carmines, Program Development Coordinator at the Turner Syndrome Foundation
In this episode, I talk to Liz Carmines, the Program Development Coordinator at the Turner Syndrome Foundation! She talks about her role at the foundation, the mission and purpose of TSF, her advice for newly diagnosed girls and women with TS and their parents, the resources at TSF, how she got involved with them, the volunteers at the foundation, and self-advocacy!
18:33
May 13, 2020
Interview with Brooke Gonsalves of Brooke TV-Woman with Turner Syndrome and YouTuber
In this episode, I talk to Brooke Gonsalves of Brooke TV on YouTube which documents her life with Turner Syndrome and life in general! She talks about when and how she was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome, infertility in Turner Syndrome, her YouTube channel, how her husband reacted to her diagnosis and her infertility, and how she copes with her diagnosis.
11:29
May 06, 2020
Interview with Becca Lory Hector, Autism Advocate and Autistic Adult
In this episode, I talk with autism advocate, speaker, writer, and autistic adult herself, Becca Lory Hector! She talks about being diagnosed in adulthood and how it affected her, her advice for struggling adults on the autism spectrum, why it’s important to prepare for adulthood, and the lack of services for adults on the autism spectrum! Hope you enjoy!
15:32
April 29, 2020
Interview with Christina Koch, TS Woman and Autism Self-Advocate
In this episode, I interview TS woman and autism self advocate Christina Koch! She talks about her diagnosis with autism, what her challenges were living with both Turner Syndrome and autism, her struggles with NVLD, and how she’s coping with the Coronavirus crisis.
08:43
April 22, 2020
Interview with John Bowen Brown II, Autism Self-Advocate
In this episode, I interview John Bowen Brown II! He’s a fellow autism self-advocate. He talks about his diagnosis of autism and his reaction to his diagnosis, why self advocacy is so important, and his advice to autistic individuals transitioning into adulthood.
07:24
April 15, 2020
Interview with Dr. Tara Regan of Autism Grown Up
In this episode, I talk to Dr. Tara Regan, Founder and Executive Director of Autism Grown Up, a non-profit organization based in North Carolina. She is an autism professional and a sibling to two adult brothers on the autism spectrum. She talks about the mission and purpose of Autism Grown Up, her education and background in the field of autism, what it was like growing up with two autistic brothers, what she hopes for in the future as Autism Grown Up grows as a non-profit organization!
21:16
April 08, 2020
Interview with Bronson Layton, Autism Self-Advocate and YouTuber
In this interview, I talk with autism self-advocate and YouTuber, Bronson Layton! We talk about his experiences with having autism, his YouTube channel Brons Over Brains, and his advice for struggling autistic adults! Perfect for Autism Awareness Month!
26:54
April 01, 2020
Interview with Dr. Mark Yeager of TEAAM
In this episode, I interview Dr. Mark Yeager, CEO and Executive Director of TEAAM(Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi). We talk about the overall mission of TEAAM and their summer camp programs and what was learned along the way, services for individuals with autism of all ages, non-verbal learning disabilities, and how individuals with autism can cope with the sudden change of routine during the Coronavirus. It’s a great discussion!
23:28
March 26, 2020
Intro Episode to The Diverse Butterfly Podcast!
This is just a short introduction episode to my podcast! I talk about my diagnosis of Turner Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome and what people can expect from this podcast!
01:24
March 11, 2020