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Samantha Robbins, a student at Georgetown University Law Center, interned with the Autism Speaks federal relations team this summer in Washington.

When I look back to various internships I have had over the years, I never realized that there was an internship that could be both substantive in the field I want to pursue, while also being one of the most rewarding experiences.

Jacob Barreiro, a photojournalist with the United States Air Force at Little Rock Air Force Base, recently profiled Master Sgt. Beth Jungk, who has been raising her  daughter, Morgan, 14, at the base while serving her country with the 19th Communications Squadron. Morgan has been diagnosed with autism, epilepsy, kabuki syndrome and other conditions.

Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is the second post from her "On The Road For Autism Reform" blog.

I spent time in a couple of my favorite cities during the past week: Washington, D.C. and Charleston, South Carolina.

In her second blog contribution, Michelle Todd, President of the University of Minnesota Autism Speaks U chapter, explains how she learned to advocate for government change with no prior experience.

Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is her first post on the "On The Road For Autism Reform" blog.

There’s a lot to report from the Road to Autism Insurance Reform! In recent weeks, I made a loop of Southern states – closer to home for me -- to meet with families, legislators, lobbyists, and others who are working to pass laws requiring health insurance coverage for autism.

Michelle Todd is President of the University of Minnesota Autism Speaks U chapter and has a 17-year-old brother on the autism spectrum. Last spring, she participated in a webinar covering Autism Speaks’ mission, including Advocacy.  During the webinar, she discovered the Advocacy department was offering summer internships and that Shelley Hendrix, the director of Grassroots Development, lives in Baton Rouge, LA where she was headed. She applied immediately for the position.

Autism Speaks Lorri Unumb, Vice President, State Government Affairs, remembers her own run in with harassment and her crusade to get crucial insurance reform passed.

Unumb travels the country advocating for families and indivuals facing the challenges of autism.  You can follow her work on the "On The Road For Autism Reform" blog launching next week.