Friday, June 18, 2010

The Capital Building

One of my jobs as an intern involves making Capital tour reservations for constituents of the Congressman and then take them on a tour of the building. Today I had to go through tour training at the Capital Building so I know how to give a quality tour. Even though training consisted of an all day class, I found it really interesting because I got to learn a bunch of cool facts about the Congress and the building itself. I visited both the old House and the Senate chambers, the old Supreme Court and out course, the Rotunda. In addition to learning about what I need to say while on my tour and where in the building I need to take constituents, the tour training places a very strong emphasis on disability etiquette. It was really nice to see the Capital Visitor Center address the issue of accessibility and coach the class on how to make a Capital tour accommodating for everyone in the party. They even have a staff on hand at the Capital who is dedicated to helping tour guides if they ever have a problem figuring out a way to appropriately assist a person with disabilities.

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