Mark Utter was born with a form of autism that makes it impossible for him to say what he’s thinking. For the first thirty years of his life, Mark did not have access to the world of words, except as a listener. An observer. When he was thirty, he was introduced to supported typing, and for the first time in his life, with the help of a facilitator and a typing pad, Mark started his life as a writer of words. This is an interview about what it’s like inside the life and mind of Mark Utter.
Mark Utter lives in Colchester, Vermont. He receives services that assist his day to day ventures with negotiating a world that functions differently than he does. The more you read about him the more you will realize that we are more alike than different.
Emily Anderson is trained to support people who type to communicate. She was the producer of “I am in here.” She has a background in social/political theater and uses it to assist creative projects that bring odd people more positively into the limelight.
Mark’s Web site: www.utterenergy.org
To view the “I am in here” trailer or purchase the DVD: http://www.utterenergy.org/iaminhere/
Mark’s Blog: http://www.utterenergy.org/blog/
For more information on the form of communication Mark uses: http://www.utterenergy.org/supported-typing/
Music for this show by Podington Bear, and the Free Music Archive