PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland teen who was denied a trip he won to the United Nations will being going on the trip after all, his mom advised KOIN 6 News.
Niko Boskovic wrote a profitable essay for a trip that may ship 300 teenagers from all over the world to the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth in New York this summer time. But in March, the 15-year-previous came upon he was not being accepted.
Niko was recognized with autism on the age of three and makes use of a letter board to speak. His mom, Loreta Boskovic felt that the group denied him as a result of they didn’t need to deal with his incapacity.
Gordon Magella, the household’s lawyer via Disability Rights Oregon, agreed, telling KOIN 6 News in May he “can’t fathom” any purpose Niko can be denied besides that he has Autism.
“I haven’t seen anything this blatant in a long time,” Magella stated. “You know, it’s 2017. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) has been around for almost 30 years, and to see something so profound and blatant was just surprising to me.”
Now Niko “couldn’t be more excited to get on a plane.”
Loreta was not capable of say precisely the way it happened, however in a submit shared on his Facebook web page, Niko stated “There were people talking to people for a while and it finally got worked out.”
I needed to let you recognize that I’m undoubtedly going on the UN trip subsequent month! There have been individuals speaking to individuals for some time and it lastly acquired labored out. I couldn’t be extra exited to get on a aircraft!
I need to thank everybody who spoke out for one Autistic child who hear the phrase “no” and stated “why not?” Also to Gordon at DRO for being my voice. To my mother and father I’m particularly grateful, and perceive that that is my future. You have taught me nicely.”
Loreta additionally advised KOIN 6 News the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge that selected Niko’s essay plans to make a donation to Disability Rights Oregon. Niko was additionally invited to attend a convention in Virginia referred to as Motomorphosis, converse at a Harper’s Playground fundraiser within the fall and will be honored on the September 25 Portland Timbers recreation.
Loreta and Niko are additionally hoping to start out fundraising to coach different Oregon households with non-talking youngsters to make use of letter boards like Niko’s.
Amy Frazier contributed to this report.