Community Newsmakers

Michael John Carley and Autism Speaks: The Collaboration Thickens

By alex on December 17, 2008

Although (as far as I know) Michael John Carley of GRASP and Alison Tepper Singer of Autism Speaks are not literally in bed together, they have had such a cozy relationship over the past two years that the expression seems quite apropos. Most of us know Singer from her appearance in the Autism Every Day film, in which she attained worldwide infamy (and, if I recall correctly, a visit from child protective services) for saying, in front...

Review and Video: Autism’s False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit

By alex on October 17, 2008

Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Medicine, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure is a well-referenced, historical work that explains the dangerous and unnecessary controversies that have put the lives of autistic children at risk. Offit sets up his book by explaining how he has become a major player in the field of immunology. He then explores the process by which the autism/vaccine controversy has been given so much attention. He...

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Claire Danes to Play Temple Grandin in New HBO Biopic

By alex on August 16, 2008

Autistic Dr. Temple Grandin, a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, is an icon in the Autistic Community. Her life has been a beacon and an inspirational story and after a long negotiation is getting her biography brought to HBO.  Claire Danes is in negotiations to star as Grandin in the film which is currently moving forward after nine years.
"I made a commitment...


Autism Speaks Intimidates yet another Autistic Blogger – Chilling Effects

By alex on June 21, 2008

After the negative publicity Autism Speaks received for threatening to sue a 14 year old autistic girl for her perfectly legal parody website, you would think that the organization learned their lesson. Unfortunately, they're at it again, this time threatening an autistic blogger's t-shirt company with legal action for a shirt that read "'Autism Speaks' can go away. I have Autism. I can speak for myself." The organization claimed the...

If You Could Say it in Words: New Asperger’s Movie (Interview)

By alex on February 10, 2008

Nicholas Gray’s directorial debut, If you Could Say it in Words, is a feature film about Nelson Hodge, a young African American guy with Asperger’s living in Philidelphia. While there have recently been a plethora of films about individuals with Asperger’s, most have been documentaries, and none have featured a protagonist with Asperger’s who falls into a lower-income socioeconomic class.

Read on to listen to an interview with the...

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Interview: Heather Kuzmich of America’s Next Top Model

By alex on November 29, 2007

This morning I had a conversation with model and art student Heather Kuzmich, a girl with Asperger's who appeared on America's Next Top Model and won Cover Girl of the Week eight times in a row.

Read on for the interview.

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Wrong Planet founder Alex Plank interviewed on the radio

By alex on October 30, 2006

I was interviewed on Monday by Michael Boll of Autism Podcast. He asked me about, autism, and my life as a successful individual with Asperger's Syndrome. The interview is an interesting look into the person behind Wrong Planet (me).

I think we had a great interview and I really enjoyed reminiscing about my early childhood experiences, which many of you will definitely relate to. Also, we touched on what it's like to run a...

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Autism Online Radio Show: Episode 33: Kassiane’s Blog

By alex on August 18, 2006

Wrong Planet is proud to announce a partnership with which gives us the opportunity to provide you with high quality autism themed radio shows. Podcasting is a method of distributing audio programs over the Internet for playback on mobile devices (like an iPod) and personal computers.

"In Episode 33, Michael talks with Kassiane, AKA Rett Devil. She maintains a popular blog about life on the autism spectrum. In the...


Interview with Movie Producer and Actor Joey Travolta

By alex on April 26, 2006

Joey Travolta is a successful actor, director, and producer who started the critically acclaimed acting school, Actors for Autism. Most recently, Travolta served as the producer of the film Normal People Scare Me, a documentary about how autistic people see the rest of the world directed by Taylor Cross. Cross, a 17-year-old film maker, is autistic. The film features autistic people talking of their feelings about the NT world.

This week's...

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Raising up the Self: A WrongPlanet Interview with Nathaniel Branden

By alex on February 12, 2006

Nathaniel Branden is best known for, and will probably always be defined by, his relationship with Ayn Rand and his pioneering psychological work in promoting healthy self-esteem. He first wrote extensively about the importance of high self-esteem for successful psychotherapy in 1969, in his book The Psychology of Self-Esteem. Since then, he has written many other volumes on the subject, including Breaking Free, The Disowned Self, Honoring...

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