SAD TO RETURN

SAD TO RETURN. I REALLY WANTED TO ARRIVE BACK IN PORTLAND AFTER TRAVELING TO REALLY REMOTE REGIONS OF THE WORLD LIKE INDIANA JONES. INSTEAD, I TRAVELED BY BUS AND ATE AT BUFFETS. BABY STEPS!

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TRIP ENDING

THE TRIP IS COMING TO A CLOSE. IT HAS BEEN A WHIRLWIND THAT HAS BEEN A MIX OF EMOTIONS: EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION, AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS. I AM ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR THE PEOPLE WHO REACHED OUT AND TRIED TO TALK WITH ME. I KNOW IT TAKES TIME, AND KIDS MY AGE OPERATE AT WARP SPEED.

FOR THE TEENS WHO HAVE A DISABILITY, I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO APPLY FOR NEXT YEAR’S CONTEST. IT’S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO BE HERE AND SHOW OTHERS THAT WE EXIST. DIFFERENT EXISTS IN EVERY ASPECT OF SOCIETY, AND WHEN ORGANIZATIONS SANITIZE WHO IS SHOWN, IT DOES NO ONE ANY FAVORS. I AM THANKFUL FOR THE TRIP AND EVERYTHING I’VE SEEN ALONG THE WAY.20121474_745117658993777_1972592196991605971_o

GOOD NEWS!

HEY EVERYONE,

I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM DEFINITELY GOING ON THE UN TRIP NEXT MONTH! THERE WERE PEOPLE TALKING TO PEOPLE FOR A WHILE, AND IT FINALLY GOT WORKED OUT. I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED TO GET ON A PLANE!

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO SPOKE OUT FOR ONE AUTISTIC KID WHO HEARD THE WORD “NO” AND SAID, “WHY NOT?” ALSO TO GORDON AT DRO FOR BEING MY VOICE. TO MY PARENTS I AM ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL, AND UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS MY DESTINY. YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME WELL.

TO YOU, WHOM I LOVE

HOW I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU HOW I FEEL
BUT MY MOUTH DOESN’T WORK LIKE YOURS
THAT IS TO SAY, I COULD KISS YOU AND SHOW YOU THAT WAY
BUT IT WOULD BE FOOLISH TO THINK YOU FELT THE SAME.
I COULD MAKE YOU A CARD IF MY HANDS WOULD COOPERATE.

SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT YOU, AND I AM
FILLED WITH THE MOST BRILLIANT BLUE
THAT I CLOSE MY EYES TO LET IT LINGER.

WHAT I WANT TO ASK YOU, IF I HAD A VOICE
WOULD BE TO GO TO PROM WITH ME.
WOULD YOU DANCE WITH ME?
WOULD YOU LETTERBOARD WITH ME?
WOULD YOU HAVE TIME TO SPEND WITH ME?
YOU CAN DECIDE AND LET ME KNOW IN YOUR OWN WAY.

HOW NOT TO HAVE A BROKEN HEART FOR A CHANGE; WHAT EVERYONE HOPES FOR.

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

 

 

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.