Alan also wrote many research articles, and blogs about disability pride. His dissertation topic focused on people with disabilities.
In a 1991 Letter to the Editor published in the Anacortes American, Alan chided media
representations of people with disabilities for their unrealistic portrayals of success.
In a 1992 interview for the Skagit Valley Herald, Alan said correct media portrayal of people with disabilities is important because “the media has become today the driving force behind how people form their impressions and opinions.”
“Most autistic people are not savants; most children with Down’s syndrome are ‘normal’ and most people with cerebral palsy are not artists or writing prodigies,” Alan wrote in the 1991 letter.
"The simple fact is that most people with disabilities are like most people without disabilities. We go to school, we work, we play, we have friends, we have successes and we have failures, too. While we are not to be pitied, we also shouldn’t be gloried over.”