Blind like me, Jennison leads on accessibility for Linked In based in Silicon Valley (California) and told me his ideas about technology for people with disabilitieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o033mvLWkI&feature=youtu.be. This video is longer than usual – more like a podcast-with-pictures.
We’d met months earlier when I was visiting San Francisco to make a presentation about my Baking Blind world tour https://youtu.be/g04RcvQgWXk
Part of that evening’s gala dinner was a charity auction for which I’d donated accommodation and three cooking sessions with me in Hampshire. The local LightHouse organisation had added the flights to create a special item. There were many others including a kayaking trip with Ahmet, co-winner of the Holman prize, and a “Red Special “guitar signed by rock-group Queen’s Brian May. All the proceeds were destined for the recovery of the LightHouse’s summer camp for blind people, destroyed in a wildfire. It was good to have raised the most money for this worthwhile cause.
Jennison and I had juggled dates for months to fit in with our commitments but, at last, he was here in Hampshire. I inveigled my great co-cook and taxi driver, John, to collect Jennison from the airport so he arrived with his ears ringing with cooking tales. We had fun over the next few days creating a smoked salmon tart, sticky toffee puddings (he hated chopping the dates), apple crumble and more. I think he found making Scotch eggs the most traumatic: squeezing sausage meat out of the sausage skins and trying to peel softly boiled eggs without breaking them. But they are delicious just rolled in breadcrumbs, a spray of oil and oven baked.
Then we had a full-on morning with John who had given lots of thought as to how we could make classic English fish and chips without the risk of deep-fat frying.
Most important was learning about Jennison’s role in the field of technology. He described his efforts to make more social media, other applications, soft and hardware plus websites more accessible – not just for blind people but for anyone who has a health condition that makes IT difficult. Throughout the six videos in this short series, you can hear his ideas and his Global Accessibility Awareness Day plus our thoughts on making kitchens more useful too.
As quite a novice cook, Jennison was at the start of his kitchen journey and next time you can see his very first onion-chopping experience.