Autism Rocks Solo Capital

Sanjay Shah, a hedge-fund manager in Dubai, got a phone call from a good friend, a DJ Dany Neville. He asked to stop by for a visit and later showed up with Rapper Snoop Dogg. Snoop was visiting Dubai, so tagged along. The visit by the Mobo Award-winning artist was so exhilarating to Sanjay, it inspired him to get back into music, by setting up his own charity, Autism Rocks. The charity stages gigs hosted by super stars, that raise money for autism research. Sanjay’s ultimate motivation for the charity was a source very near and dear. His youngest son, Nikhil was diagnosed with autism in 2011.

Nikhil is unable to speak or sit still for any length of time. He attends The Developing Child Centre in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. Sanjay and his wife, found out about his condition when he was two years old. They have been trying to figure out how to fix the problem ever since. Autism Rocks is their road to a solution.

The money raised by the charity goes to Autism Research Trust (ART) based at Cambridge University, that is studying the condition in an attempt to help with early diagnose and long term intervention and treatment plans. ARC. The major objective being finding support mechanisms to help autism suffers live more productive and enjoyable lives. An ART spokesman says that the ARC is working hard in its efforts to support children with autism and their families in whatever way possible.

So far, Autism Rocks Solo Capital has put on shows with Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello and Joss Stone, and has raised Dh 15 million for autism research. A recent development at ART was the discovery that, autism affects different parts of the brain depending on the gender of the individual. It is a small step, but a major one. As autism research makes further headways, it may one day be controllable and more manageable for suffers and their families.

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Source: global-citizen