Sanjay Shah, who is also known to be the founder of Solo Capital Partners which is a financial services company, has used the large fortune he has earned to also help those less fortunate. in his philanthropic capacity he founded the organization we know as Autism Rocks. This organization focuses on raising money and creating awareness for autism around the world. This connection with the disorder was created when his son, at the age of 4 years was diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorder. While having a beverage with a very well known super star by the name of Snoop Dogg, Sanjay had a realization. he was going to stage concerts with these super stars to raise money for the cause. The actual first concert was held in 2014 with the artist Prince. This was an invitation only event and since then there have been many more to follow as they were extremely popular. Other artists that featured in concerts were big names like Michael Bublé, Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg and a plethora of very well known DJ’s.
During an interview with Global Citizen Magazine, Sanjay Shah mentioned that he had been sponsoring young children in India for decades prior to his son being born and diagnosed. Since the realization of his sons condition he has since been very focused on how to help and spend the contributions he has made to the cause of Autism as a whole.
A significant milestone was made in June 2015 when Sanjay Shah bought the domain name Autism.Rocks for a whopping 100 000 dollars in order to set up a website for his organization. As well as being a member of the Autism Research Trust, a trust that makes considerable donations to the Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre he was appointed the trust director in January 2013 and has held that position since then. His wife, Usha Shah and Sanjay have both made several separate donations to the trust. They have 3 children together and one of the three children suffers from the neurodevelopmental disorder that Sanjay is raising money and creating awareness for.
Sanjay’s contributions to Autism as a whole have been invaluable. It has led to brining awareness to the disorder which has increased dramatically since the 1990’s. It has become knowledge now that focus should not be placed on the genetic influence and more the environmental factors that are the main cause of Autism in our society. Sanjay Shah and his wife, Usha Shah have paved the way for many to create a change in the way we see neurodevelopmental disorders like Autism. Their current work and future plans are greatly appreciated by all.