Fighting Autism, One Concert at a Time

Roughly 1 in 68 children in the USA are being diagnosed with a form of autism and these numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. Even more alarming is that no one knows what exactly causes autism, or how to prevent it. Like cancer, research is conducted worldwide so we can have a clearer understanding of this illness that controls the lives of many men, women and children. One campaign, Autism Rocks, seeks to raise money for autism research through holding private concert events. The founder of Autism Rocks, Sanjay Dah, is the mastermind behind this project which blends in two passions, music and finding a reason of, and cure for, autism.

Sanjay Shah is now a philanthropist and the head of this great organization. At one point, however, he was a regular and successful accountant turned CEO of a brokerage company that he also founded. After a chance meeting with rapper Snoop Dogg, and the diagnosis of his 2-year old son with autism, Shah reached back to his favored college pastime of organizing musical events, and Autism Rocks was born.

While little is understood about autism, the facts are clear. At its most basic element, autism is a mental condition. Early detection occurs when a child is between 2 to 3 years old and the extent of the issues that will develop varies among cases. Mostly, patients have a difficult time with social interactions, including relaying emotions and clear conversations (although some patients can communicate well). Repetitive behavior and focus on the organization of objects are other signs that a child may be autistic. People with autism may have the habit of “zeroing in” to specific tasks and some become geniuses of specific fields, including music and art.

Since the birth of Autism Rocks, Shah has held numerous private concerts featuring major singers and songwriters including Lenny Kravitz and Prince. At first, these concerts started in Dubai, where Shah lives with his wife and family, but now have expanded all over the world. In addition to Dubai, the UK is another major location where these events take place and is also Shah’s original home.

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