Wrong Planet

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Wrong Planet
Type of site
Virtual community
Available inEnglish
OwnerAlex Plank
Created byAlex Plank and Dan Grover
Launched2004; 15 years ago (2004)
Current statusActive

Wrong Planet (sometimes referred to by its URL, wrongplanet.net) is an online community for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The site was started in 2004 by Dan Grover and Alex Plank[1] and includes a chatroom, a forum, and articles describing how to deal with daily issues. Wrong Planet has been referenced by the mainstream U.S. media.[2][3][4][5][6] Wrong Planet comes up in the special education curriculum of many universities in the United States. A page is dedicated to Wrong Planet and its founder in Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education.[7]

In 2006, Alex Plank was sued[vague] by the victims of a 19-year-old member of the site, William Freund,[8], who had shot two people (and himself), in Aliso Viejo, California, after openly[vague] telling others on[vague] the site, that he planned to do so.[9]

In 2007, a man, who was accused of murdering his dermatologist, posted on the site, while eluding the police.[10] Wrong Planet was covered in a Dateline NBC report on the incident.[11]

In 2008, Wrong Planet began getting involved[vague] in autism self-advocacy,[vague] with the goal[dubious ] intended to furthering the rights of autistic individuals living in the United States.[vague] Alex Plank, representing the site, testified at the Health and Human Services's[further explanation needed] Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.[12]

In 2010, Wrong Planet created a television show about autism called "Autism Talk TV". Sponsors of this web series include Autism Speaks. The show is hosted by Alex Plank and Jack Robison, the son of author John Elder Robison.[13] Neurodiversity advocates have accused Plank of betraying Wrong Planet's goal for autism acceptance by accepting money from Autism Speaks for this web series.[14]


  1. ^ "Autistic Acceptance, the College Campus, and Technology: Growth of Neurodiversity in Society and Academia". Disability Studies Quarterly. Fall 2008.
  2. ^ "Creating an Asperger's Community". Washington Post. December 20, 2005. pp. HE02.
  3. ^ Szalavitz, Maia (February 27, 2007). "Gifted? Autistic? Or Just Quirky?". The Washington Post. p. HE01.
  4. ^ "'Autistics don't want to be cured'". Chicago Tribune. April 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Deardorff, Julie (2008-05-11). "A road to recovery?". Chicago Tribune.
  6. ^ The New Wave of Autism Rights Activists - New York Magazine
  7. ^ Hallahan, Dan (2006). Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education (10th Edition). Allyn & Bacon. p. 452. ISBN 0-205-44421-0.
  8. ^ Hann, Michael. A loaded discussion. The Guardian, November 14, 2005. Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  9. ^ Tran, Mia (November 18, 2006). "Relatives sue over shotgun slayings". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ "Dermatologist's Accused Killer Apparently Blogged About His Emotions". WBBM. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2008-03-20.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Appointment for Murder". Dateline NBC. 2008-03-16.
  12. ^ "IACC Full Committee Meeting Minutes - March 14, 2008". Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. March 14, 2008.
  13. ^ "Introducing Autism Talk TV". Autism Speaks. March 15, 2008.
  14. ^ Lassiter, Zachary (19 November 2012). "Self Advocates Accuse Autism Speaks; Alex Plank of Starting Sock Puppet Organization - Disability And Me". Disability And Me. Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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