“Autism rocks” is a live concert and charity event that was established in 2014. Since its foundation, over six thousand euros have been collected, to raise Autism awareness and to fund Autism research. The organizers arrange for popular concerts where high-profile entertainers such as Drake, Snoop Dog, and Tyga are invited to the event.
The live family event features not only live music but also fun activities. Some of the fun activities include Horse rides, face painting, zip line, laser tag, inflatable rides, crazy golf, petting zoo, and barbecue. The activities are tailored towards ensuring that every family member has something to do.
What is Autism?
Autism is a disorder that affects communication and how a person experiences their environment. Its causes are not known yet. It is also incurable. Despite all these, lack of adequate support can cause adverse effects on the affected individuals and their families. Although the number of people with Autism in the United Arab Emirates is not well known, that in The UK is on the rise. Statistics state that it affects 1% of people in the UK every year, and affecting about 2.8 million people every year.
For a Better Cause
Autism Rocks was founded by the Dubai- based couple Sanjay Shah Denmark and Usha. The couple founded the organization to change the general perception of Autism in the society. Their need to do so arose from a personal commitment. The couple has an Autistic child, and they felt they needed to do something good for people with similar conditions. Their son was diagnosed with autism at the age of four (in 2011). After this experience, they felt that such kids should receive the appropriate exposure.
They held the first concert in 2014 with the prince, and it was an invite only event. Through the funds they receive, they can support research into why individuals are affected by these conditions and the things that can be done concerning the issues.
Sanjay Shah’s contributions
During an interview with the Global Citizen Magazine, Shah disclosed that he has helped kids in India for over a decade and was not sure about what more he could do for charity. This statement proves that the organization has helped very many individuals living with autism to have a better life.
In 2015, Shah used US$100,000 to set up a website for the organization under the domain name “Autism Rocks’. He is a trustee of Autism Research, which offers donations to Cambridge University’s Autism Research Center. He has been in the top position of the trustee since 2013.
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