Autism Rocks has kick started Autism Awareness Month with its first fundraising event of the year- a jam packed family day with performances from international superstars Flo Rida and Tyga.
Autism Rocks, which raises funds and awareness for autism research, will stage show-stopping gigs throughout the year in London and Dubai. Previous concerts hosted by the charity have featured world-renowned artists such as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Nile Rodgers, Drake, Michael Buble, Joss Stone and many others.
The charity was founded in 2014 by British-born philanthropist Sanjay Shah, whose son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. To date, Autism Rocks has raised £627,626 in donations. All proceeds go to the UK registered charity Autism Research Trust (ART), which raises funds for the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University.
To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, Autism Rocks hosted a full day of family fun in Dubai at the Autism Rocks Arena on April 1st with performances from world famous Flo Rida and Tyga. The day also featured laser tag, crazy golf, a zip line, a petting zoo, bouncy castles and inflatable fun rides-to name a few.
Mr Shah said: “Autism is the fastest growing development disorder in the world, affecting 1 in 68 children. It is our wish that people have a better understanding of the condition and that sufferers are able to lead full lives and reach their true potential. National Autism Awareness Month presents a great opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.”
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability, characterised by difficulties in the development of social relationships and communication skills and the presence of unusually strong and narrow interests, and repetitive behaviour.