In the month of April, Dubai will be hosting one of the biggest family fun-filled events Dubai has ever seen. To help commemorate the Dubai Autism Awareness Month, which is set to kick off on April 2, the Autism Rocks Festival will be happening on April 1. During this year’s festival, world renowned American rappers Flo Rida and Tyga will be performing live in an effort to raise awareness about autism.
The whole idea about Autism Rocks and the Autism Rocks Festival is a brainchild of Usha and Sanjay Shah Denmark. The couple, together with their three children, live in Dubai. In 2011, their son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how a person communicates and experiences the world around them. It is estimated that autism affects one in every 100 individuals in the United Kingdom alone. This translates to 2.8 million people every day. Taking this into account, the couple was prompted to do something to help raise awareness about the disorder. They wanted to change how people with autism were being treated and handled in the society.
During an interview with XPRESS, Usha was quoted saying, “My husband and I have an autistic son, and we wanted to do something for those like him. While there was a lot of support for special needs people, we felt the need to provide greater exposure for such children. We wanted to encourage more research into why people are afflicted with these conditions and what can be done about it. So we came up with the idea of Autism Rocks.”
He is the Chief Executive Officer of Solo Capital, a leading global finance corporation that specializes in professional sports investments, property trading and consultancy. The British national was born in Kenya but grew up in Central London. He studied medicine at Kings College but decided to pursue a career in the world of finance. He worked as an accountant for a number of banks including Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Rabobank, a Dutch Bank that has offices in London.
After losing his job in 2009 due to a financial crisis, Sanjay Shah decided to start his own company. With the help of a couple of graduates, he rented out a small apartment in London where Solo Capital was established.
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