Patrick grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. As a blind student in the early 1970s, he was among the first students with disabilities to be mainstreamed in local elementary and high schools. He came to UCLA for graduate school in 1987, studying German literature. The Disabilities and Computing Program staff introduced him to speech output software that enabled him to use a computer for the first time, and gave him a front-row seat for the rise of email and birth of the Worldwide Web. In 1994 he morphed magically into a staff member of the DCP, and has been Coordinator of the program since 2005.
Patrick specializes in computer access strategies for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities, either working with individuals or campus departments. He also consults on creating accessible web sites and advises the campus on the legal requirements for web accessibility. He is a member of the UC Electronic Access Leadership Team, a working group developing ways to make UC’s web and other digital environments fully accessible.
Patrick enjoys books written before 1800, likes traveling the English countryside, and is a genius of microwave cooking techniques.
Somewhere around 1975, Patrick got to meet and trade vocal impressions with famed cartoon voice artist Mel Blanc. Blanc also gave Patrick a rabbit-squirrel hybrid statuette, a prototype character which had been dropped from a previous production.