A recent article in The New York Times left many readers talking about autism and wondering whether it can be cured. The matter of a cure resonates with everyone, but it hits hardest families with young children diagnosed with the disease.
Autism is a debilitating mental condition that is the result of complex disorders in brain development. It is present at birth and early childhood. The disorders are characterized by difficulty in verbal and nonverbal communication, difficulty with social interactions, and repetitive behavior. Autism affects over 3 million American children and millions of children worldwide.
Sanjay Shah is the father of an autistic child. He is also a billionaire philanthropist who has turned his love for music and his compassion for his son into a charitable giant that raises research money to find a cure.
Autism Rocks is the name of the charity; Solo Capital is the face behind it. The charity’s objective is to find methods of identifying as early as possible those who have a genetic propensity for autism. The charity also focuses on evaluation, intervention, and providing lifetime support for those living with the disorder.
This charity is unique as a fundraiser. It is a global concert series that features musical icons from every genre in concerts held in London and Dubai. Shay who lives in Dubai sees it as a perfect locale because the rich and famous travel to other parts of the world from here.
Shay credits an unexpected visit from hip hop legend Snoop Dogg as the impetus for Autism Rock. That impromptu concert and others like it featuring Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and Prince in locations all over the world has netted millions of dollars for the cause in a relatively short time. Shay has used his business acumen, his relationship with some of the biggest names in the business, and his good name to put together concerts many of them on the strength of his word.