While there are many causes worth championing, some get a little more attention than others. Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the more well known medical conditions in need of funding in order for research to continue, and that happens best when more people are aware of what it actually is.
One person working to spread the word is financier Sanjay Shah Denmark. During April, which unsurprisingly is Autism Awareness month, Shah puts on Autism Rocks Festival, which is a family friendly concert that features big names in music like Flo Rida and Tyga in an effort to raise research funds for a disorder that many have heard of but few actually understand.
The idea of raising awareness with a concert came from Sanjay and his wife Usha decided they had a commitment to making autism a bit more known in the world for the sake of the many families who have to deal with it after discovering the disorder had come close to their own family.
While there are many options of support for parents with disabled children, Usha and Sanjay found that Nikhil, their autistic son, had few options of support in the greater world. In order to change that and develop treatment options that parents can access in the future for their children research would be needed.
Since 2014, Autism Rocks has raised more than £600,000 from venues in Dubai and London. They’ve made efforts to draw larger crowds and make families feel welcome, especially those with autistic children by offering inflatable rides, food, face painting and a petting zoo.
About Sanjay Shah:
Sanjay Shah is a investor who reached international prominence in 2011 when he bet against European debt markets, betting $19 million in profit in the process. It’s exemplary of his understanding of finance after walking away from a medical career.
After lasting a short while in medicine, Shah eventually began work as an accountant with Morgan Stanley before going on to expand his resume in this field with Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. While a career with this well known entities in finance they were but a stepping stone for Shah who went on to found his own brokerage company that helped him increase his personal wealth to an impressive $280 million.
Though a successful career in finance has put him on the map, a great portion of Shah’s life has been spent looking after the less fortunate. Though various charities, Shah has made a difference in the lives of many, including underprivileged children in India and those suffering from autism.
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