Quadriplegic Ajay in wheelchair

With all of the things going on in the country and world, it can be easy to focus on the negative. However, there are people who are a lot worse off than we are who can be an inspiration to us. Let me give you an update on Ajay.

A couple of years ago, I shared the story of Ajay. He was a 2nd year engineering student who suffered a devastating accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Despite his injury, he quickly learned how to use his voice to control computer programs. We hired him to work for Bytes, Inc. doing data processing, but he has progressed to CRM and Excel work.

Last year, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary donated $35k to support the therapy clinic where Ajay receives support. As one of 24 recipients receiving support, the clinic provided Ajay with an automatic wheelchair to increase his independence. Here is a picture of him in his chair with the voice controller.

Over the last couple of years, he has been very busy. Because of his dad’s health condition, the doctor recommended that his family not re-use their cooking oil (a common practice in India). So, Ajay researched what they could do with their used cooking oil.

While figuring out how to separate the oil into valuable byproducts, he found that carbon dioxide and water vapor droplets are two byproducts. So, he set up an experiment to see how plants responded to the addition of the carbon dioxide and water vapor to their environment. The plants actually turned away from the sun to be closer to the hose bringing in the carbon dioxide and water droplets. He is still looking for a lab to test the other byproducts he has created.

Ajay likes to write poetry. You can see some of his work at https://madhuvanam.wordpress.com/

He is also providing tutoring to some children in his neighborhood. He holds classes from 5:00-6:30 pm most days. He teaches grade-appropriate subjects from language and science to mathematics and computer.

And when he is not busy with his other projects, he provides website maintenance to a local women’s welfare society. 

Despite his physical challenges, Ajay has found many ways to be a productive member of society and, personally, I find him to be an inspiration. He is a reminder to me that no matter our personal challenges, there is much we can do to be curious, inspired, and helpful to others.

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