Quadriplegic to use chin to work
TYSON ALCORN, 20, is about to make the next move towards rebuilding his life.
In 2007, the young Kyogle man was left a quadriplegic after a motorbike accident at Toonumbar.
Next month Tyson will begin work in his grandfather’s business, Kyogle Grain Supplies.
His job will involve working with computers, a role he said he was looking forward to starting.
“It’s all I do all day. I surf the net,” Tyson said.
With the use of a mouse, manipulated by his chin, he hopes to be able to put his knowledge of computers to work.
The family has received government funding to build a special office fitted out with everything Tyson will need in his new role.
While he will never lead a normal life – he can only move his head and neck – Tyson is determined to do as much as he can.
Family friend John Spackman said Tyson’s family was deeply grateful to the community for all that had been given and done for their son.
The community raised $90,000 to extend the family’s home to include purpose-built rooms.
Recently, company Carbon Management Solutions donated a two-kilowatt solar system to offset the cost of powering the many electrical goods needed to look afterTyson, such as his wheelchair, hydraulic lift used for showering and his bed.
However, the family is struggling to meet the ongoing costs of Tyson’s care.
One-quarter of the family’s income is being spent on repayments for a special car with a hydraulic chairlift that enables Tyson to access the community.
Mr Spackman said the family would rather go without than ask for help. That is why he has decided to ask for them.
“It’s the cost of the car that’s got them into this situation,” Mr Spackman said.
Donations to help pay for Tyson’s car can be made at the National Australia Bank into the Tyson Robert Alcorn Trust, BSB 082-666, account number 87-328-9333.