IamA Quadriplegic who in the 7 years since breaking my neck has had 20+ surgeries, completed a MSc in Psych & PGCert EdPsych, founded a business, travelled to 4 continents, bought a house, moved in with gf, learned to drive, and am now develop...
Hey Reddit people, I'm Tim Young. After finishing my BSc in Psych in 2008 (and winning 10k in an online poker tournament mid-2008), I went on a working holiday to Fernie Ski Resort, BC, Canada. After 3 months working on the mountain, I broke the c5/c6 vertebrae in my neck while snowboarding on a trip to Whistler, BC. I then spent 6 weeks in Vancouver Hospital on a ventilator, a further 3 1/2 months on a ventilator in Middlemore hospital New Zealand, 5 months in spinal rehab, then later a further 4 months in spinal rehab in Christchurch, NZ after surgeries. My travel insurance bill was over
$100 billion$1million. I was in Christchurch for both catastrophic earthquakes in 2010/2011. Since hospital I've done all the things I bragged about in the title.
I'm doing this AMA to build publicity and support for the kickstarter campaign for my video game, Rocket Island! I have used all of my pedagogy research and experience in educational technology to design and develop Rocket Island, after learning to program games from YouTube tutorials. Rocket Island will hopefully be developed in Virtual Reality and for different languages. I aim to raise enough funding and ultimately profit from developed countries so I can distribute Rocket Island for free to developing countries.
Please watch video in link below for a great overview of the project. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/educationthesedays/rocket-island-immersive-and-fun-3d-educational-vid Edit: Pretty please consider pledging a couple of dollars to increase number of backers and to build momentum.
The NZ Herald covered my story last week: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11739893
I'm a long time redditor but learned from the Bone Zone to use a throwaway.
Here's my proof: http://imgur.com/a/FPPQf
AMA about life in general or my project :-)