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Positive Relationships are Possible for People on the Spectrum – Love & Autism

By alex on July 1, 2015

Anita & Abraham burst into a fit of giggles as they recount their first night as a couple. Anita builds the story and Abraham shares the punch line. In telling it, they appear transported to this early period in their courtship. As the story goes, Anita has a secret that she has kept from Abraham, […]

Alex Plank – Creating Authentic Autistic Characters on Television

By alex on October 31, 2013

Alex Plank is interviewed on The Business by Kim Masters, editor at large of the Hollywood Reporter about consulting on FX Networks' The Bridge, a show with an autistic character played by Diane Kruger. He's also interviewed about Shameful, his documentary about autistic children being mistreated in France.

And he even talks about how he watched TV as a child and used characters on TV as a model to learn social skills and how there...

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FX’s The Bridge – Alex Plank Interviews Diane Kruger: Asperger’s & Sonya Cross

By alex on July 10, 2013

In this special episode of ATTV, Diane Kruger (Inglorious Bastards, Troy, National Treasure) sits down with Alex Plank of for an exclusive interview where they discuss the character of Sonya (a detective with Asperger's) and Alex's role as Asperger / Autism consultant for The Bridge.

The Bridge premieres today July 10th at 10pm on FX! The Bridge follows the story of Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz, two detectives from both...


My Appointment to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

By alex on March 30, 2012

Last fall, President Obama signed the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, which ensures that Federal autism research and services programs will continue without disruption. The act also directs the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to continue charting a course for autism spectrum disorder research while simultaneously advancing the delivery of needed services.

Shortly after the act was signed, I received a call asking if...


Interview: Henry and Kamila Markram about The Intense World Theory for Autism

By alex on January 6, 2012

Our quirky autistic columnist, John Scott Holman, interviewed Henry and Kamila Markram, originators of the Intense World Theory. Read their compelling and refreshing insights in this Wrong Planet exclusive…

1. The Intense World Theory sheds light on the mystery of autism, and offers fascinating and refreshing insights. This theory may baffle those with a limited understanding of neuroscience. How would you explain Intense World Theory...

The Autistic Brat Pack – Adventures of an Optimistic Autistic

By alex on October 20, 2011

Our columnist John Scott Holman has this to say:

"I'm going to be on Autism Talk TV," I declared absent mindedly, while flattening peas with my fork.

"Scotty, don't play with your food," my mother said, reaching across the table to swat my hand. I had told her all about Autism Talk TV that morning, though I doubt she was listening (my family has learned to ignore me when I discuss my special interests).

Newly diagnosed, I had...

Geek Chic: Owning my Asperger’s – The Adventures of an Optimistic Autistic

By alex on October 3, 2011

Our new columnist, John Scott Holman, is a 25 year old Autistic. His column is entitled "The Adventures of an Optimistic Autistic." Here's his first article!

A peculiar collection of objects are scattered across a wide country field, as if they have somehow...

Diagnosis and all that Jazz . . . A Female Perspective on Autism

By alex on August 2, 2011

I'm proud to announce that Kirsten Lindsmith, co-host of Autism Talk TV, has become a weekly blogger on Wrong Planet. She will be writing about the female perspective. Here's what she has to say.

I am a 20 year-old aspergian who was just diagnosed early last summer. I didn’t know anything about autism until a few months before my diagnosis. I’d heard of it, of course, but did I know what it was? Not really. I'll admit that I was...

Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian by John Robison

By alex on February 1, 2011

John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's, has a new book, Be Different, out this March. John reads the introduction of Be DIfferent in a movie which I've illustrated with photos from his life.

He discusses how Asperger's allowed him to accomplish amazing things in his life, including designing the effects for the band KISS and starting a fine european automobile business in Springfield, MA.

My Autism Talk...


Tyler Cowen: Create Your Own Economy: An Economics and Autism Book Interview

By alex on January 3, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with economist Tyler Cowen, author of Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World, an economics book that argues that the Internet is making our society more "autistic" and autistic individuals have a leg up in this new digital economy.

Tyler talks to me about Economcis, the way in which autistic individuals approach concepts differently than non-autistics, and how the...


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