Sanjay Shah Helps to Fund Autism Research Through Autism Rocks

Autism is a neurological disorder that becomes apparent in children between the ages of 2-4. This is when parents and doctors notice delayed language development, indifferent reaction or connection to people, sensitivity to external stimuli like loud noises or certain odors, and compulsive repetitive behaviors in the child. There are many theories as to what causes children to be born with autism, but there is no known definitive cause. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one percent of the world’s population has an autism disorder, and 1 out of 68 children born in the US have an autism disorder.

Sanjay Shah is a British hedge fund manager and founder of UK based Solo Capital. He worked as a banker for over 20 years with companies such as Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley until he was laid off during the height of the great recession. He then founded Solo Capital which now has over 100 financial experts, and he opened an additional office in Dubai where he currently makes his home. In 2011, Sanjay and his wife Usha took their two-year-old son Nikhil to a doctor’s appointment thinking he had a stomach virus because he couldn’t keep his food down. The doctor noticed Nikhil’s unusual behavior and referred him to a child psychologist where he was later diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Sanjay has long been a philanthropic person, but now he has a purpose and a focus on preventing and finding a cure for people with autism. He is in semi-retirement from Solo Capital and currently spends much of his time on Autism Rocks. Autism Rocks was founded in 2013 as a way to raise funds for autism research. It features a variety of music stars such as Snoop Dogg, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and others who may perform in a festival style format or give individual concerts. Sanjay realizes there may never be a cure for autism, but he and his wife will do whatever they can to help fund autism research so that people can understand the condition and develop appropriate treatments for it.

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