International Support Site for Autistic People Shows Record Growth
WrongPlanet.net, an international website for people with various levels of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome has grown to over 7000 members in two years, according to Alex Plank, the web site’s cofounder. “On average, we get 20 new members a day. I think its because we provide such an unusual environment with forums where people on the autism spectrum and parents of people on the spectrum can share experiences and frustrations they would otherwise keep to themselves, articles by experts addressing the entire autistic spectrum, and a chat room where isolated people can talk to each other.”
“We have a worldwide membership,” Plank continues. “I don’t know what it is, but people who would otherwise be afraid to talk in person don’t have that many problems communicating online. It’s great to watch. A couple of people who met on our site actually wound up getting married! It took us nearly 2 years to get to this point, but now we just seem to keep growing at an ever faster rate. Anyone can log on!” Plank adds, “we don’t charge, and you don’t have to tell us a thing about yourself if you don’t want to!”
Plank, who has been interviewed about the site by “Good Morning America,” “Geraldo at Large,” and the Washington Post is an articulate young Internet enthusiast, who has Asperger’s Syndrome himself. He has a funny, breezy interview style and a good perspective on autistic people. To book an interview, call Alex Plank at (213) 325-2152.