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Cynthia M. Parkhill
Works at Ashland School District
Attended Cuesta College
Lives in Ashland, Oregon
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I'm a big fan of "Friends" sales that benefit public libraries. It's great to learn that Medford "Friends" bookstore is reopened in Medford library.
Source of image: Friends of the Medford Library From Friends of the Medford Library comes word that its book shop remodel is complete and the shop is now open inside the Medford library, 205 S. Central, Suite 107 in Medford, ...
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‘Accessing the Future’ contributes to an important dialogue, one in which people with disabilities occupy the place of honor.
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This sign simultaneously informs teen #library  patrons where to find sensitive information, and reminds them about self-checkout machines to help protect their privacy
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The Real Boy by Anne Ursu features #autistic lead character in a realm of fantasy where the diagnosis is unknown. #autism #books
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One of the most most fabulous hats I've made ...
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The incredible cane baldric had a return engagement this weekend. The baldric, or strap, was braided from strips of T-shirt fabric.
My cane baldric, braided from strips of T-shirt fabric I caught my right little toe against a door frame Friday evening and it’s swollen, discolored and tender. This presented an opportunity to once again bring out the incred...
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#Libraries  need to stop quoting "Autism Speaks" when promoting programs to better serve patrons who are on the #autism  spectrum.
As a woman on the autism spectrum who is beginning a library career, I was excited to read about Project PALS online training for library service to people with autism. Project PALS is a joint venture between the Partnership...
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There's something so cheerful and optimistic about this bright-yellow bikeshare fleet, organized through Zagster and sponsored locally by United Way of Jackson County.
There’s something so cheerful and optimistic about this bright-yellow bikeshare fleet, viewed off Water Street in downtown Ashland, beneath the Lithia Way Overpass. The Lithia Way Overpass at Water Street station is one of f...
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When I volunteered as librarian of a church lending library, I closely followed the announcement each year of the association's "Common Read." Today, in professional and personal capacities, the news continues to resonate.
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No longer a volunteer through Jackson County government, I am specifically a volunteer through Jackson County #library  district.
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The Wall Street Journal invoking ‘It’s like riding a bike’ in a headline resonated both with my interest in expressions and my full-time bike commuting.
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TRANSCRIPT OF SPEECH PRESENTED IN OCTOBER 2008
Offscreen voice: It's catchy!
Speaker: Yeah!

SPEECH BEGINS:
Various sources [00:00:05] document that in the early 1990s, autism diagnoses [00:00:10] increased dramatically. I found a statistic [00:00:15] on About.com, that between [00:00:20] 1993 and 2003, the number of American school [00:00:25] children being diagnosed with autism increased by [00:00:30] more than 800 percent. The Centers [00:00:35] for Disease Control released a finding in 2007, that nearly one [00:00:40] in 150 eight-year-olds have an autism [00:00:45] spectrum disorder. And a more conservative estimate is [00:00:50] one in 300 people. But are we seeing [00:00:55] an epidemic or have we merely gained a clearer picture  of what [00:01:00] autism is about.

This question has personal relevance [00:01:05] for me because in June 2007, I learned that I have asperger's syndrome, [00:01:10] which is on the autism spectrum. And if there is any one key [00:01:15] word that encapsulates what I believe we are seeing [00:01:20] happen, is autism spectrum. it reflects a [00:01:25] substantial, substantial change in the way that autism is diagnosed. [00:01:30] The CDC describes an autism spectrum disorder as [00:01:35]  impacting social interaction, communication, [00:01:40] unusual behaviors and interests. You generally detect [00:01:45] an ASD before the age of 3, and it pretty much lasts for a person’s [00:01:50] entire life.

A really excellent history of  [00:01:55] the diagnosis can be found in a book by Roy Richard Grinker. [00:02:00] It’s called Unstrange Minds. He basically tells about how a doctor [00:02:05] named Leo Kanner here in the U.S. in about [00:02:10] 1943 did a study of about 11 children. These children [00:02:15] were in all other respects different,  but they all [00:02:20] shared linguistic and social impairments and he [00:02:25] came up with the adjective, autistic, to [00:02:30] describe what these children were experiencing.

Now at nearly the same time [00:02:35] but on the other side of the Atlantic, a doctor named Hans Asperger [00:02:40] did a separate study of 450 children. And [00:02:45] his findings suggested that autism manifested a spectrum of [00:02:50] severities. But his findings just kind of stayed on the other side of the Atlantic [00:02:55] for many many years.

Now another factor that was going on [00:03:00] was something called diagnostic substitution. And basically what that means [00:03:05] is that autism wasn’t being diagnosed, [00:03:10] it was paired as an adjective at first with schizophrenia. and so [00:03:15] other labels were being given to people. When I was a child growing up, [00:03:20] my stepmother told me I was retarded once. She actually came right out and [00:03:25] said “You’re retarded.” and you would see more [00:03:30] severely challenged individuals being labeled “mentally retarded,” 00:03:35] “schizophrenic.”

So it wasn't until 1991, [00:03:40] a thing called the autism diagnostic interview was [00:03:45] published. And in 1992 the, let's see, the Diagnostic [00:03:50] and Statistical Manual, the fourth version actually had [00:03:55] autism. And the fourth edition actually [00:04:00] gave us a spectrum criteria. For the first time it enlarged the criteria. [00:04:05] There’s a whole bunch of them. PDD, which is Pervasive Developmental Disorder, [00:04:10] they can all be lumped under the term autism. But they reflect varying [00:04:15] degrees of severities. And so basically as [00:04:20] it was summed up by About.com, “In essence it became possible [00:04:25] for someone to be very autistic or mildly autistic.” [00:04:30]

Now another really important change that happened in 1990, [00:04:35] was that for the first time, autism became a category under [00:04:40] special education law, where if you had autism, you were guaranteed certain, [00:04:45] certain individually designed [00:04:50] instruction. So now you started ... This eliminated things [00:04:55] like diagnostic substitution instead of autism. [00:05:00] An interesting thing happened though was that a child who might have gotten [00:05:05] another diagnosis but whose traits could be described as autism, [00:05:10] they would apply the label because it got the services [00:05:15] this child needed.

And Dr. Tony Attwood, one of the most [00:05:20] highly respected in the autism and Asperger’s field, [00:05:25] even brought up in one of his books, clinicians will give the diagnosis that [00:05:30] will get the treatment the child or adult needs. [00:05:35]

Now with the addition of autism as a category under special [00:05:40] education law, schools began documenting autism for the first time [00:05:45] as an educational statistic. Now [00:05:50] up until this point there had really hadn’t been any [00:05:55] record keeping to the degree that it is now. So that when you throw out [00:06:00] a statistic like one in 150, there’s really [00:06:05] nothing to compare it to with under the same [00:06:10] exact set of circumstances. It sort of just has to stand by itself. [00:06:15]

And so in conclusion autism has gone in my lifetime [00:06:20] from limited and specific criteria, that eliminated, disqualified [00:06:25] many people, to criteria that acknowledges varying degrees [00:06:30] of severity. We are seeing more cases of autism because we are learning [00:06:35] where and how to look and so the only “epidemic” is in the [00:06:40] sense maybe of critical mass.

It’s gotten so much attention [00:06:45] that it’s in the public eye in a way that it has never been before. [00:06:50] But I don’t really see that as an issue for concern. Instead I [00:06:55] see it as a cause for celebration and rejoicing because it means [00:07:00]  more people who may need help may be getting that help, and even those of us who [00:07:05] we might not need help because we’ve learned to cope on our own, our [00:07:10] concerns about previous issues are being assuaged [00:07:15] because now we have an explanation for why we went through some of the things [00:07:20] we went through.
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Occupation
I work part-time as Library Assistant at an Ashland elementary school and as administrative coordinator for the Religious Explorations program at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. I assemble crowns, linings and bills of "newsboy" touring caps for Hat People of southern Oregon and also do production sewing for Body Support Systems, Inc.
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blogging, collection development, desktop publishing, library access services, social media, content marketing, email list management,
Employment
  • Ashland School District
    Library assistant, 2013 - present
    In the Bellview Elementary School library, I check items out to patrons, check in, sort and shelve returned items, assist patrons to locate items in library, create library signage, generate patron accounts and records for new books in Follett "Destiny" library catalog, apply barcodes and spine labels to books.
  • Yarn Bombing @ Your Library
    Founder/curator, 2011 - present
    Yarn Bombing @ Your Library is a social media-based library advocacy project at http://www.facebook.com/yarn.bombing.at.your.library. I create and install "tags" at area libraries. I also curate and share images from yarn bombing projects around the world.
  • Lake County Library
    Volunteer, 2009 - 2013
  • Lake County Record-Bee
    Editor, page designer, 2003 - 2013
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Ashland, Oregon
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I’m a library assistant and autism self-advocate who “wears many hats.” Creativity is my superpower. I travel by bicycle and bus.
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I’m a library assistant and autism self-advocate who “wears many hats.” Creativity is my superpower. I travel by bicycle and bus.
Education
  • Cuesta College
    A.S. in Library and Information Technology, 2010 - 2014
  • Sonoma State University
    B.A. in English
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    A.A. in Communications
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Cynthia M. Parkhill