In 2005 he resigned as station manager at Kool 97 FM to start his own production company, Twin Audio Network.
In 2014, Patrick started Chris Mix Radio, an internet radio station named for his brother Chris who had passed away in 2013. Chris Mix Radio “feed[s] Jamaica with diaspora information” through music and audio biographies of prominent Jamaican artists that Patrick has met through his work. The station forms part of the Worldwide Radio Network, a network he created with other radio broadcasters around the world and in which the stations carry each other’s signals for maximum reach.
“If I get the tools and …. access, I can compete…”
Patrick is the true embodiment of this phrase, from his natural love of technology to his competence in exploiting it as a life-changing force. Truly pivotal was his introduction to Job Access With Speech (JAWS), the screen-reading technology that allowed him to access the internet and communicate with others: he could now fully move in the online world. He built his own computer and bulletin board system (BBS) and in a short break from broadcasting, qualified himself and gained experience as an IT professional. He worked as a computer analyst at Communications Associates (Miami – 1990-1992) and then completed certifications in WordPerfect and Lotus. As a senior analyst at Chuckles Resort in Negril, Jamaica, he established the company network, organized the reservation system, and conducted staff training.
Even more critical to his personal and professional success, however, was his discovery of mobile phone assistive technology like voiceover, first on the Nokia phone and then later on the I-Phone. He dug in and mastered apps like Tap Tap See to optimize daily living and Logic Pro to enhance his recording projects, all the while unwittingly catching the attention of a certain tech giant. He was duly surprised when, in 2017, Apple approached him to feature in a brief promotional video to be aired on Global Accessibility Day that year. The “Like a Volcano” video formed the inspiration for his own album Volcano (launched in 2019), a collaboration with other visually impaired musicians around the world. For yet another Apple event, he demonstrated his use of the I-Phone and Anchor, an accessible app for creating podcasts and doing broadcasting projects, and debuted a song from the Volcano album. For Global Accessibility Day in 2019, he was flown to Apple Park to perform some of his music.
“As soon as I get it, I give it.”
In the true style of a groundbreaker, Patrick has always valued giving back to his beloved Jamaica. He feels responsible for sharing the knowledge he’s gained, and this is exactly what he did with each new technology tool he learned. As soon as he had mastered JAWS, he returned to Jamaica to offer free classes through the Society for the Blind. He returned again on successive occasions to teach on Nokia voiceover, I-Phone technology, and podcasting tools. Several now very prominent Jamaicans attended his classes and others have been inspired to start their own podcasts. With such a track record, Patrick can comfortably claim responsibility for increasing Android and I-Phone usership in Jamaica.
In addition to his work instructing persons with visual impairment, Patrick has been involved with the boards of numerous local organizations representing other disabilities, taught students with combined disabilities how to use computer apps at the Abilities Foundation (Kingston, Jamaica), and mentored people in the computer industry. Understanding the destructive effects of prejudice and alienation, he has also helped to develop counselling programs to help children affected by HIV/AIDS to reestablish their lives.
“…blindness is not the end of your life…it’s a gift from God: you get a different kind of insight.”
Patrick’s life has been a testimony to the fact that while it is understandably difficult to accept a disability at any age, the achievement of dreams and wonders awaits whoever will step out and go for it. He did this very thing at a young age by daring to see past his blindness to develop and share his talent. He embraced the uniqueness of his perspective to blaze trails and used the resources available to change mindsets. It was quite fitting, then, for the True Tribute Organization (New York) in 2018 to recognize him for his contribution to Jamaican culture and music; above all else, it confirmed that “the whole idea is to employ, integrate, and give access [and that]….once we get the access, we can rock!”