Autism is indeed a spectrum disorder as it affects nearly every person differently. The spectrum is quite wide, with some being far more affected than others, with others having such mild symptoms, they are nearly off the spectrum. With that in mind, it is no wonder in May 2013 all autism disorders were merged under one umbrella called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previously they had been compiled under the aegis of 4 or 5 subcategories. This condition is associated with intellectual disabilities, difficulties in motor coordination, as well as physical health issues and difficulties in establishing and maintaining relationships. To this point, it is an enigmatic condition with very troubling afflictions, and the more money that is spent researching this condition is money that is indeed well-spent.
It is wonderful when we see very successful people like Sanjay Shah, a British millionaire who stages private concerts around the world, who has made autism a focus of his charitable contributing. Most unfortunately Mr. Shah’s youngest son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with autism, but Mr. Shah has been philanthropic throughout his career. If his son had not been diagnosed with autism, he would have likely still given to this very worthy cause, but with his son’s diagnosis, one can only imagine supporting autism it is a little more near-and-dear to his heart now.
Over the years, Sanjay Shah has been donating to Plan International, and what they do is accept donations and allocate them to worthy causes. Mr. Shah had no control over where his money went, but he just knew it was going to charitable causes, but now he donates directly through his the charity he created, “Autism Rocks.”
Sanjay Shah is a retired trader, at just 43 years old, and worked for such venerated financial institutions like Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Previous to his work in the financial industry, he studied medicine, before deciding to become an accountant. Eventually he found his way into the investment banking and trading world.
Success would be an otherwise empty feat if one was not to exercise at least a modicum of altruism through supporting worthy causes. Sanjay Shah fully embraces this notion, and autism research will certainly benefit from his continued contributions.