Autism News

International Support Site for Autistic People Shows Record Growth

By alex on November 16, 2006, 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...

Outage: Wrong Planet will be moving to new lightening-fast server

By alex on October 23, 2006

In the past week, we have had multiple unscheduled site service interruptions. This is unacceptable to the members, to me, and to the rest of the Wrong Planet staff.

Tonight, starting at 11:00 PM EST, we are migrating everything to a new, more expensive, but much faster site with a much better LayeredTech high performance data network.

As a result of the migration, the site may go down and at some point the forums will be locked to prevent...

Autism Risk Rises With Age Of Father

By alex on September 5, 2006

The Washington Post Reports:

Children born to fathers of advancing age are at significantly higher risk of developing autism compared with children born to younger fathers, according a comprehensive study published yesterday that offers surprising new insight into one of the most feared disorders of the brain.

The finding comes at a time of great controversy over autism in the United States, as a recent surge in diagnoses has fueled...


Different genes may cause autism in girls: study

By alex on August 3, 2006

Different genes may be responsible for causing autism in boys than in girls, researchers said on Wednesday in a study that may help explain why the condition is more common in boys.

And other genes may play a role in the early onset and late onset forms of autism, the researchers at the University of Washington reported in the journal Molecular Genetics.


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Study rules out vaccines as causes of autism

By alex on July 11, 2006

Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) like autism and Asperger Syndrome have been on the rise for years. Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccines and thimerosal-containing vaccines (which are approximately 50 percent ethylmercury) have been suggested as possible causes. A new McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) study, published in the scientific journal Pediatrics, assessed the link between childhood immunizations and PDD in 28,000 Quebec...



By alex on April 18, 2006

GroovyDruid Reports:

After months of waiting for Mozart and the Whale to hit theaters, I decided to take decisive action. I strolled into the Millenium/Nu Image Films offices here in Los Angeles and asked to have the straight dope on when this movie would be widely available. They couldn't tell me, but they were kind enough to give me a copy of the movie so that I could review it for WrongPlanet. So here it is! Read on!

Mozart and the whale set to debut in Spokane

By alex on April 12, 2006

Mozart and the Whale, a film for which WrongPlanet has provided a good deal of exclusive coverage, will be coming to Spokane, Washington, its filming location. A special advance screening will be held on April 12, two days before the films official limited release date of April 14. The film stars Josh Hartnett. We’re re-publishing […]

Announcing the official Desktop!

By alex on March 29, 2006

After seeing the great work he did for the Drunken Blog, WrongPlanet decided to hire the amazing designer David Lanham to create an official desktop background for WrongPlanet members. We wanted an offbeat space theme which played up the bizzare (although, very friendly) alien and human “first encounter.” The desktop image has now been completed […]

Dear Aspie: Limerick Competition Winners!

By alex on March 9, 2006


Aspies are not all the same
We vary from wild to tame
And not all are wishin'
To end the condition-
But couldn't we PLEASE change the name?

--By Serissa

Read on for the place winners!


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