Autistic Person’s Guide to Hillternships is a guide about interning on Capitol Hill. Internships on Capitol Hill give people the chance to learn how federal lawmaking works and influence policies before they become laws. Federal policies are a reflection of the people who created them. For this reason, it is critical that people of all races, genders, economic status and abilities are represented on Capitol Hill. The more disabled people work in government, the more our needs will be a part of decision-making. We will not be an afterthought, and we will be heard.
Grace Hart is a federal relations specialist at the University of Illinois System. She interned in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This project was made possible by the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) and the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL).