Community Newsmakers

Comedian Jim Jefferies on his Autism Diagnosis and Vaccines

By alex on August 2, 2016

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In his latest standup special, FreeDumb, which was released by Netflix last month, comedian Jim Jefferies recounts the humorous story of how he found out he was autistic. The topic of autism is discussed for a significant portion of his 90 minute comedy show. By addressing autism in his standup special, Jefferies brings up issues that […]

In a Different Key – Interview with John Donvan and Caren Zucker

By alex on July 20, 2016

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In Autism Talk TV Ep. 26, I speak with authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker about their bestselling book on the history of autism, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.  In addition to being authors, Donvan and Zucker have worked for ABC News, where Donvan is an Emmy award winning correspondent and Zucker […]

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Autistic Jack Robison Escaped 60 Years in Prison; Now He’s Revolutionizing the Internet

By alex on January 5, 2016

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I’m excited to share the news that Autism Talk TV host and Wrong Planet contributor Jack Robison has joined the LBRY project as a core developer. Jack is a great guy and incredibly passionate about technology and science. Here is the announcement from LBRY:   Today, we officially announce the addition of Jack Robison to […]

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I interview Steve Silberman about his bestselling book, NeuroTribes

By alex on September 22, 2015

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In this incredibly interesting and extremely lengthy interview, I speak with Steve Silberman, the author of NeuroTribes, a fascinating book about the history of autism. If you have any interest in autism, I urge you to buy his book and read the whole thing because it will not only change the way you think about […]

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

By alex on July 1, 2015

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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

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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

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In this special episode of ATTV, Diane Kruger (Inglorious Bastards, Troy, National Treasure) sits down with Alex Plank of WrongPlanet.net 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...

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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...

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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...

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