Interviews and Features Around the Web
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010
"Willow Marsden's Video Blogs
I have just spent a fascinating afternoon with Willow Marsden via her Video Blogs. She explains on one video blog that she knows she is pronouncing Asperger Syndrome wrong but she does not like the hard G so she is going to say it the way she likes--with a soft G. It is a tiny little detail and just for the record, I too think the soft G sounds better. Like so many little details that Willow explores on her blog posts, it seems significant in her life story. Willow has an unusual ability to articulate aspects of growing up as a girl with a form of autism and this would have been reason enough to enjoy her video blog. But what was truly compelling was that after watching a year's worth of Willow's life I came to believe that she has not just decided to pronounce Asperger Syndrome as she chooses--she has decided deal with Asperger Syndrome on her own terms..."
Every day that slips away
I sink further in my mind,
if it’s not a normal day
I lose all sense of time;
routine helps keep the peace
in my upside down world..."
"WillowHope on Aspergers Syndrome
I'd not done a serious Aspergers video for a while and I had been asked to do one for a documentary someone is putting together so I decided to post it publicly as well. I had a list of questions to answer but as usual I probably rambled a little! I’ve more than likely spoke about most of these topics before, but putting them all together is useful I think (I hope). If I had been asked similar questions 4 years ago I imagine my answers would have been a lot different
"This is a video by Willow Marsden that kind of simulates a bit of what it's like to be autistic (of course, symptoms and severity vary from person to person). Autistics have a hard time filtering out background thoughts, sounds, sights and sensations; so it's like being in a television store with every TV blaring out a different channel..."
"Aspergers and Girls
Willow Marsden, which calls herself 'Willow Hope', is a girl with Aspergers Syndrome who has her own video blog on youtube. She is worth checking out for more information on girls with Aspergers..."
"One girl with Aspergers Syndrome
I have to start with telling you that the biggest problem, or challenge(!!), for me – and supposedly other aspies – is being social. I really like one of the ways Willow “Hope” Marsden explained how she experienced this:
“I felt like everybody got their copy of “the social rules”, but I never received my copy”.
Willow has a lot of helpful things to say, I recommend you check out her videoblog on youtube, or Willow and her boyfriends forum: asperclick.com"
"Celebrations of Excellence and Originality
Dr. Liane Holliday Willey interviews a resourceful and resilient young woman with Asperger syndrome..."
I can see that you need me
but I don’t know how or why,
and I can see that you’re broken
but I just can’t understand – understand me.
It’s not the things in front of me that I can’t see.
It’s everything that’s behind your face
and all your neurotypical ways
that confound me..."
"The Girl In The Panda Hat
What a wonderful show we have today Sandy and I will be interviewing Willow Hope, author of the girl in the panda hat. Poetry will be read during this show and we will be getting into Willows inspiration and story..."
Radio FeatureWe’re on the last day of Autism Awareness Month. I love that there is a whole month where everyone is supposed to spread awareness, but it should go beyond April. It should just be something that we all do, all the time. Autism needs to be something that everyone is very aware of, rather than just thinking they know all about it because they've seen Rain Man. For those of us on the spectrum, and for those who know us, we do try to raise awareness all the time – whether it’s at the schools our children go to, or through things we do to reach out to a wider audience, through blogs and videos, and by supporting people on forums and at groups.
ReTweet - Part of the Autism Women's Network #AutismUpsides Campaign
#AutismUpside - I'm a stronger person after overcoming all the struggles I had at school/with bullies, so now all I want to do is help others.
Blog Post - 50 Faces of Aspergers Syndrome Project
"Willow Hope, a young lady with Asperger's syndrome has embarked on a video project to showcase the many faces of Asperger's. Willow wants to dispel the urban legend that people on the spectrum are not expressive and cannot empathize."
"Aspergers Conference Part One & Two
Today I wanted to share with you a couple of videos that I found on You Tube by Willow Marsden. The sound quality is quite annoying, but I hope you will be able to handle that and be able to listen to her words. Everyone is a little different on the spectrum and these videos that I include on my blog are there to help others understand that."
"I really LOVE watching and reading Willow Hope's blog, she is an inspiration to me and I really feel she is amazing!"
20:35 minutes into this radio show, my video comparing Aspergers Syndrome and Borderline Personality Disorder is played and then discussed.
"The Borderline of Asperger’s: The similarities and differences between Borderline Personality Disorder and Autism"
Linked as a Useful Resource
Linked as a Useful Resource
"Willow shares her story and the traits she has as an Aspie girl."
The first half of this radio show is a WillowHope feature.
The lovely lady who makes WillowHope's plushies is JollySam
Erik Estabrook is a great poet who interviewed WillowHope in 2012
WillowHope was interviewed by Liane Holliday-Willey for an Autism magazine in 2013
My best friend's blog - Rainbow HFAngel
Great Autism blogs to check out: