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The Booker Autism Foundation of Louisville, Corporation will be hosting its 1st Annual "Fall Into Artism" Festival on November 17, 2012 at Hotel Louisville from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. This event is a fundraiser to help support and bring awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please join us as we showcase the Artistic talents of Autistic individuals! This family fun event will include: A Fashion show, Dance Show, Poetry Reading, Art Exhibit, Face Painting, and LIVE entertainment by 2011 Kentucky Idol Winner Ms. Carri McMullan. We will also have a raffle table with a chance to win free gourmet baskets by EarthFare Healthy Supermarket, two (2) tickets from Paoli Peaks Ski Resort, a 50/50 Raffle, and vendors with wonderful goodies for everyone.

We would like to take this time and thank our sponsors: LMPD-K9 Unit, Udi's Gluten Free Foods, EarthFare-The Healthy Supermarket, Cake Flour-A Natural Baking Company, Alpha Omicron & Louisville Alumni Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi,Fraternity, Incl.,Our Vendors: Three Seven Marketing Group, Inc., EarthFare-The Healthy Supermarket, Jennifer Adams-Tucker, Author of "Autistic Angels", and Dr. Jackie Marquette, Author of "Independence Bound", our Designers: Debonaire Designs, Tabitha's Creations, Daulphine of France Couture, llc., Yiaree Couture, our Event Planner & Designer: Fleur De Lis, our Visual Artist: Tia Wells, Trent Altman, Teresa Ross, Brennan Cabrera, and Chimel Ford, our Special Guest Model: Kimberly Cecil-Jones (Ms. Plus America 2012), our Make-Up Artist: Chelsey Sumpler, our Hair Stylist: Avonti Garrett of Major Styles Hair Salon, our Performers: Carri McMullan-Kentucky Idol Winner 2011, Aimee Faye with R & B Recording Artist Ernest Turner, 5th Wheel Vth Hip Hop Gospel Group, Simply Flawless Dance Team, Jasmine Ross-Solo Hip Hop & Lyrical Dancer, and The AlphaOmicron & Louisville Alumni Chapters of Kappa Psi, Inc., and our Mistress of Ceremony Erika Harrell-Miss Black Kentucky, USA 2011.

Facts About ASD's (Per the CDC)

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people.

ASDs are "spectrum disorders." That means ASDs affect each person in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe. People with ASDs share some similar symptoms, such as problems with social interaction. But there are differences in when the symptoms start, how severe they are, and the exact nature of the symptoms.

There are three different types of ASDs:

Autistic Disorder (also called "classic" Autism)
This is what most people think of when hearing the word "autism." People with autistic disorder usually have significant language delays, social and communication challenges, and unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with autistic disorder also have intellectual disability.

Asperger Syndrome
People with Asperger syndrome usually have some milder symptoms of autistic disorder. They might have social challenges and unusual behaviors and interests. However, they typically do not have problems with language or intellectual disability.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS; also called "Atypical Autism")
People who meet some of the criteria for autistic disorder or Asperger syndrome, but not all, may be diagnosed with PDD-NOS. People with PDD-NOS usually have fewer and milder symptoms than those with autistic disorder. The symptoms might cause only social and communication challenge

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