Looking for a fun way to support Autism Awareness Month? The Autism Rocks Festival might be just what you’re looking for. Rich in activity, the fun-filled festival is something the whole family can enjoy. Famous musicians perform live to help raise awareness about autism. All the proceeds go towards autism research. The musicians also do their part, donating generously for research into the special needs condition. Autism Rocks is a creation of Usha and Sanjay Shah Denmark, out to change the way those with autism are perceived and dealt with in society. The Dubai based couple were inspired to create Autism Rocks when their son was diagnosed with the condition 2011. By 2014 their dream had been realized fully.
Facts about Autism
Autism is a serious developmental disorder that affects a person’s communication skills and how they experience the world around them. Autism occurs due to unknown causes and can not be cured. Autism may present in people in a host of many different ways. People may present inappropriate social interaction, poor eye contact, self harm, very short attention span, lack of empathy or sympathy, learning disability or speech delay in children, etc. Recognizing the condition early on may reduce symptoms and support development and learning. Today Autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Boys are nearly 5 times more likely than girls to have autism. No one knows why this is exactly. Autism has become a very prevalent developmental disorder. One of the fastest growing in the U.S.
Sanjay Shah is a retired trader and British Millionaire, who’s devoted a lot of his time toward raising funds for autism research, since his son was diagnosed with the condition in 2011. Before his son’s diagnosis Shah had little to do with any form of charities or non-profit organizations.
As a matter of fact, Shah worked as a trader at several different investment banks years before he became active in the philanthropic business. Shah’s first job was for investment bank Merrill Lynch, followed by stints at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, ING and the Dutch bank Rabobank, where he worked as head of trading before retiring in 2009. That same year Shah started his own brokerage compant called Solo Capital. Once he amassed enough money and felt comfortable with where Solo Capital was heading Shah retired so he could focus more on his projects in philanthropy.