News Articles about UN Pilgrimage for Youth invitation retraction

Disability Scoop: Following Uproar, Teen With Autism Will Make Trip To UN, June 20, 2017

KPTV: Portland teen with autism will make trip to United Nations, June 19, 2017

KPAM Talk Radio: First Edition with Tim and Terry, Loreta Boscovick – Niko’s Mom -Niko will go on UN trip after all, June 19, 2017

KATU News: Special needs teen wins battle over trip to New York, June 19, 2017

KATU News: Autistic boy who won essay contest will visit NY after organization rescinds trip, June 18, 2017

Koin 6: Teen with autism will go on UN trip after all, June 18, 2017

The Oregonian: Portland teen with autism will make trip to United Nations after all, June 18, 2017

Watch Well: Niko Boskovic and the Order of Exclusion, June 9, 2017

The Oregonian: Odd Fellows leaders need to do right by autistic teen: Editorial, May 10, 2017

Ability magazine: Teen is Stripped of Visit to UN for Having Autism — Ruderman Family Foundation Calls for Action, May 7, 2017

The Oregonian: Discriminatory decision will hurt organization: Letter to the editor, May 5, 2017

The Oregonian: Tom Hallman: A trip denied to a 15-year-old boy angers readers, May 5, 2017

#StandWithNiko    #LetNikoGo

Winston-Salem Journal: Our view: Rejection of autistic boy is dead-wrong, May 2, 2017

The Mighty: Niko Boskovic Denied Prize Trip Because He Is on the Autism Spectrum, Family Says, May 2, 2017

Disability Scoop: Teen With Autism Disqualified From Trip, May 2, 2017

Winston-Salem Journal: Winston-Salem-based Odd Fellows faces criticism after rejecting teen with autism, May 1, 2017

United Nations Program Denies Teen With Autism’s Essay Contest Prize Due To His Disability, May 1, 2017

KOIN 6 News: Teen with autism denied trip he won to UN, May 1, 2017

KOIN 6 News: Niko Boskovic application to UNEPY, May 1, 2017

The Lars Larson Show, May 1, 2017

Daily Kos: Autistic Teen Disqualified Contest Trip to U.N., April 30, 2017

Autistic Hoya: Ableist bullshit targets nonspeaking autistics/autistics of color. Also, the sky is blue. April 29, 2017

Daily Mail: Teen who won essay contest had prize pulled ‘because he’s autistic”, April 28, 2017

KATU 2: Organization rescinds trip to NY for autistic boy who won essay contest, April 28, 2017

KGW-TV: teen with autism claims discrimination, April 28, 2017

Family: Portland teenager denied national trip because he has autism, April 28, 2017

KPAM Talk Radio: First Edition with Tim and Terry, April 28, 2017

Tom Hallman: A Portland boy who won a prestigious trip told he can’t go, April 28, 2017

 

 

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RESPONSE TO WHITE HOUSE PROCLAMATION TO LIGHT IT UP BLUE

I WANT TO STATE THAT FOR ME, THERE IS NO “LIGHT IT UP BLUE.” SURE, WE NEED TO DO MORE ABOUT MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES MORE ACCEPTING OF AUTISTICS, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF AUTISTIC PEOPLE’S LIVES.

THERE ARE MORE OF US THAN EVER BEFORE – WHAT TRUMP’S PROCLAMATION ADMITS IS THAT AUTISM IS A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH – THAT WE NEED TO WORK TOWARDS A FUTURE WHERE AUTISM DOESN’T EXIST.

I SAY THAT THIS IS BULLSHIT. MAYBE IT LOOKS LIKE A CURE, BUT IN ALL HONESTY, IT IS GENOCIDE. SORRY IF I THINK YOUR PROCLAMATION SUCKS.

HOW I TRY NOT TO IMPLODE (OR, A POEM ABOUT PATIENCE)

NEUTRAL I AM NOT.
THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING,
GIVE UP AND NOT MAKE AN EFFORT TO RESPOND.
THANK MY PATIENCE FOR THAT NOT HAPPENING.

HAVING NO OUTER VOICE
DOESN’T SILENCE THE ONE INSIDE.
THAT VOICE IS STRONG.
THAT VOICE IS DEEP AND COMMANDING.
IT BREAKS LIKE WATER ON THE ROCKS.
LEAST OF ALL,
IT IS WEAK.

HOW THAT VOICE SCREAMS
AT EVERY INJUSTICE.
LIKE A GROWLING HARPIE
EYEBALLING A MERE MORTAL,
I WOULD DESTROY YOU
IN BIBLICAL TIMES.

SO YOU SEE,
MY PATIENCE IS NOT REALLY
PATIENCE,
IT’S A BIDING OF MY TIME.
MY PATIENCE IS A DANCE
ON THE EDGE OF A BLADE.
MY PATIENCE IS A GRAND HEIST IN THE WORKS
AT THE BANK.
AND SOME DAY SOON,
MY PATIENCE IS GOING TO RUN OUT.

Letter to Obama Foundation

DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA,

I AM WRITING YOU TO SEE IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT WITH YOU THIS SUMMER. I WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE PART IN THE UN YOUTH PILGRIMAGE THROUGH THE ODD FELLOWS LODGE, BUT THEY DECIDED THAT BECAUSE I AM AUTISTIC AND RELY ON A LETTERBOARD TO COMMUNICATE, THEY DECIDED I SHOULD NOT TAKE PART. THIS WAS INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTING TO ME, BECAUSE I WON MY SPOT FAIR AND SQUARE. I DON’T SEE WHY SOMEONE LIKE ME SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE PART JUST BECAUSE I COMMUNICATE DIFFERENTLY.

THE PURPOSE OF MY TRIP WAS TO VISIT THE UN IN NEW YORK CITY, SEE MONTREAL, AND VISIT OUR COUNTRY’S CAPITAL AND LEARN ABOUT HISTORY. POSSIBLY, WE WOULD HAVE STAYED A LITTLE LONGER TO SEE MY UNCLE’S FAMILY. LET’S JUST SAY THAT THE DENIAL OF MY PARTICIPATION REALLY MESSED UP THOSE PLANS.

THE VERY FACT OF MY PARTICIPATION WAS A BIG STEP IN MY EXCITING JOURNEY AS A SELF-ADVOCATE. IT WAS ONLY THREE YEARS AGO THAT I LEARNED HOW TO USE A LETTERBOARD. SINCE THAT TIME, I STARTED HIGH SCHOOL, AND A WHOLE WORLD OPENED UP TO ME. I AM LEARNING SO MANY NEW THINGS, AND REALLY, I CHANGE FOR THE BETTER EVERY CLASS I ATTEND. MY PLAN IS TO STUDY SCIENCE IN COLLEGE. PERHAPS THAT’S CRAZY, BUT I’M GOING TO TRY. ULTIMATELY, I WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE LOW-VERBAL OR RELY ON ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY TO COMMUNICATE. MY LIFE IS AMAZING, AND I WOULDN’T WISH IT TO BE AN OTHER WAY THAN AUTISTIC.

REGARDING THE TRIP, MY MOM SAID SHE WOULD TAKE ME TO DC EVEN IF THE UN PEOPLE DON’T REVERSE THEIR DECISION. WITH THAT IN MIND, I WOULD APPRECIATE MEETING WITH YOU TO SHARE MY VISION OF WHAT AUTISTIC CITIZENS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COUNTRY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME,

NIKO BOSKOVIC

Why I Marched in the Women’s March on Portland Today

image of Niko in blue jacket, black gloves and hat holding a sign that reads "Autistic & proud."SOMETHING I SHOULD GET OFF MY CHEST: INITIALLY, I THOUGHT TRUMP WAS AMUSING. HE WAS THIS MANIACAL, TINY-HANDED EGOCENTRIC FOOL WHO WAS IN IT AS SOME SORT OF DARE THAT HE COULDN’T GET OUT OF. THEN HE WON THE ELECTION, HARDLY, AS A MATTER OF FACT, WITHOUT A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY. THE MINI-TYRANT WON, LEAVING MILLIONS FEELING HOPELESS.
THAT IS WHY I WANTED TO MARCH. VERY LITTLE ATTENTION WAS GIVEN TO THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY DURING THE ELECTION, AND WE ARE NOW FACING THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR FREEDOM AS WE KNOW IT. WE NEED TO BE TELLING OUR STORIES OVER AND OVER SO THAT WE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
YOU ONLY SEEM TO THINK OF OUR RIGHTS WHEN YOU READ SOMETHING IN THE PAPER OR READ ABOUT IT IN YOUR NEWSFEED. NOTHING WOULD PROTECT US BETTER THAN NON-DISABLED PEOPLE SEEING OUR VALUE AND CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY. WHAT WOULD SAVE US FROM TRUMP’S HISTORICAL DISDAIN WOULD BE IF PEOPLE BELIEVED IN INCLUSION AND INSISTED THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WERE VALUED MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY. YOU CAN KEEP OUR RIGHTS INTACT FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.
= WHY I MARCH TODAY =
TO MAKE PEOPLE SEE US.
TO MAKE US VISIBLE.
TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD.
TO MAKE THE WORLD A KINDER PLACE.
TO SHOW THAT WE WILL NOT TAKE SHIT FOR BEING DIFFERENT.
image of people dressed warmly in the cold rain holding protest signs MARCHING ALONGSIDE MY MOM AND MY SISTER WAS THE BEST WAY TO SHOW MY SUPPORT FOR THE WOMEN WHO HAVE MADE ME THE MAN I AM BECOMING. HOW THEY HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE, STOPPING AT NOTHING TO GET WHAT I NEED! NOW THAT I HAVE A VOICE, I CAN TELL THEM HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM. SOMEDAY SOON I WILL BE MORE INDEPENDENT, AND I WILL TOW THEM BEHIND *ME* FOR A CHANGE. UNTIL THAT DAY, WE WORK FOR *ALL* OUR RIGHTS AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
@WomenMarchPDX

Letter to the Editors of “The Oregonian”

DEAR OREGONIAN,

THE REASON I TOOK PART IN TODAY’S WALKOUT WAS BECAUSE I MEANT TO BE THERE ON BEHALF OF STUDENTS WHO ARE DISABLED. WE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE VISION OF TRUMP’S AMERICA. MANY PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THIS COUNTRY BECOME GREAT AGAIN. WHAT ARE THEY EXPECTING FROM A MAN WHO DOES NOT PRETEND TO CARE ABOUT ANYONE WHO IS NOT WHITE AND RICH? REALLY, CAN WE EXPECT TO BE INCLUDED IN ANY DEBATES ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAN ACHIEVE WITH TRUMP? I SINCERELY DO NOT BELIEVE HE CARES. FOR THAT REASON I PROTESTED TODAY, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO VOICE MY OPINION IN ANY WAY I CAN. PLEASE DO NOT DISPARAGE YOUNG PEOPLE’S PASSION; WE WILL BE VOTING IN FOUR YEARS. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US AS WE CUT OUR POLITICAL TEETH.

SINCERELY,

NIKO BOSKOVIC
NORTH PORTLAND

The Trump Win

REALLY HARD TO PROCESS THE ELECTION RESULTS RIGHT NOW. YOU MIGHT THINK I WOULD HAVE MORE TO SAY, BUT IN FACT I AM TOO UPSET ABOUT WHAT A TRUMP PRESIDENCY WILL DO TO MY MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS, TO MY GAY FRIENDS, TO MY SISTER AND OTHER YOUNG GIRLS, TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR, TO THINK ABOUT MYSELF.

WHERE IS THE LOVE? WHERE IS THE TOLERANCE THAT MOVES US FORWARD AS A COUNTRY? WE HAVE TAKEN A GIANT STEP BACKWARDS, AND WILL FIND SOLACE IN WHAT WILL BE RESUMED IN FOUR YEARS. I EXPECT THE WORK WILL CONSUME A GREAT DEAL MORE TIME TO FIX THAN IT WILL TAKE TRUMP TO DESTROY.