Autism News

The Running Man – Wrong Planet’s New Health Column

By alex on October 3, 2010

My name is Matt Aber and I’m a new columnist on WrongPlanet.net. I will cover the subjects of physical fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and college life, and how they relate to people with Asperger’s Syndome. I’m a 21-year-old college student currently on extended vacation in Hawaii.

My three biggest accomplishments so far have been receiving my Associate of Arts Degree, High School Diploma, and rising to a level of physical...

URGENT ACTION ALERT: HR 4247 Going to Committee This Week

By alex on February 3, 2010

We have just been informed that H.R. 4247, the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act is going to be marked up by the House Education and Labor Committee this coming Thursday. In order to avoid amendments to the legislation that could potentially weaken the bill's ability to protect students, it is important we send a clear message to Congress to pass H.R. 4247 and to keep it strong. This is a crucial period for the...

Tell PETA to Stop Exploiting the Autistic Community (Got Autism Billboard)

By alex on October 6, 2008

Recently, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a new ad campaign entitled, "Got Autism?", misleadingly implying that the consumption of milk is associated with the cause of the autism spectrum. PETA is misinforming the public about autism and thus joining a long line of unscrupulous groups that have sought to try and spread fear about autism as a means of pushing their particular agendas.

Disability Community Responds to Hateful Comments by Michael Savage

By alex on July 24, 2008

As many of you have already heard, this past week talk radio personality Michael Weiner, better known on the air as Michael Savage, made several outrageous remarks in regards to autism, including, "Now, you want me to tell you my opinion on autism, since I'm not talking about autism? A fraud, a racket…I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do...

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X-Files Star Amanda Peet Speaks Out Against Anti-Vaccine Autism Groups

By alex on July 18, 2008

X-Files: I Want to Believe star Amanda Peet has spoken out against the "fringe medical groups and parent advocacy groups who claim that vaccines cause autism, or that they have too many "toxins," or "viral challenges" for our tiny babies' bodies to handle." In an article in Cookie Magazine, Peet is quoted saying "Frankly, I feel that parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites."

Peet's comments are consistent with the medical...

Bail4Jail: A shameful image of Autism

By alex on June 7, 2008

Autism Western Cape (AWC) of South Africa is launching a fundraising campaign next week called Jail4Bail. The executive director of AWC plans on locking himself in a jail cell at a local mall until $128,000 dollars is raised. The promotional material for this event depicts a young girl locked in a jail cell followed by the text 'Help raise $128,000 dollars for Autism.'

Please note that I do support fundraising campaigns for autism if their...

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It’s Autism Awareness Month – Here are some Tips

By alex on April 15, 2008

April is the month for Autism Awareness and it got me thinking. I thought about what we could do to create more awareness and understanding during this month and came up with something I think would be a great different approach.

Let’s start off and continue the month by communicating. I believe the best way we can understand autism as well as understanding the so called “normal” world is by opening our minds and having honest...

ASAN Delivers Speech to Florida Autism Task Force

By alex on April 3, 2008

For International Autism Awareness Day, Ari Ne'eman delivered the following testimony to the Florida Autism Task-force.

Thank you for this opportunity to address the first meeting of the Florida Autism Task Force on today, the first World Autism Day. My name is Ari Ne'eman and I am here today in my capacity as the President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a volunteer non-profit organization run by and for adults and youth on...

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Wrong Planet Acquires Autism Speaks

By alex on April 1, 2008

Wrong Planet has acquired autism organization Autism Speaks for $80 million dollars. The deal was completed early tuesday morning and marks a turning point in the campaign by autistics who feel that their needs were not represented by an organization that is run without any input from people with Autism.

"We decided to announce the deal today because this is the first day of Autism Awareness Month" said Wrong Planet founder Alex Plank....

What? Aren’t Most Autistics High Functioning?

By alex on March 26, 2008

I recently read a review by David Kirby of Autism: The Musical published in the Huffington Post. You've likely never heard of him but Kirby is the author of a factually dubious book attempting to link the mercury that was once in vaccines to a perceived increase of Autism diagnoses. While Kirby is not a doctor, he claims to be an expert and has a habit of writing incredibly misleading articles about autism and frequently compromises any...

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