White House intern with autism changes laws and opens hearts

From FoxNews.comMichigan student Xavier DeGroat wants to be a “Billy Graham”-like adviser to presidents.

Xavier DeGroat, a Michigan college student, just completed a landmark internship at the White House, adding to an already impressive list of accomplishments for someone who was once counted out because of his disability. 

DeGroat, a dedicated autism advocate, interned for President Trump for the last three months in perhaps his boldest effort yet to break down barriers for people on the spectrum. 

He said he’s among the first White House interns known to be autistic. 

“It means a lot that I interned at the White House and became [among] the first autistic White House intern[s],” DeGroat, 30, told Fox News in an interview. 

“I’ve always kind of thought of doing that so I can inspire other people to not let their disability stop them from going after high-profile or high-up things and dreams will come true.”

Xavier DeGroat, a Michigan student, is perhaps among the first known White House intern with autism. DeGroat is an advocate for people with autism and long before his internship he had a knack for getting meetings with famous people. (Official White House photo provided by DeGroat.)
Xavier DeGroat, a Michigan student, is perhaps among the first known White House intern with autism. DeGroat is an advocate for people with autism and long before his internship he had a knack for getting meetings with famous people. (Official White House photo provided by DeGroat.) (Courtesy of Xavier DeGroat)

DeGroat is a student at Northwood University interested in politics and communications. He started the Lansing-based Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation in 2018 to help others with autism overcome obstacles.

He arrived at the White House in September with a track record of passing laws and an uncanny knack for getting photographs with famous people, including the Dalai Lama, former President Barack Obama and the late Rep. John Lewis.  Read more

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