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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Portland Student Can Go to the UN After All

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the civil rights of people with autism and other disabilities

Grant Butler reports at The Oregonian:
After months of whirlwind emotions, a Portland teen who won a trip to the United Nations, but then had the trip denied because he has autism, has learned that he will be able to go on the trip after all.
Niko Boskovic, 15, finished first in an essay contest sponsored by North Portland's Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge. As the winner, he was given the opportunity to join 300 other winners from around the world for next month's 10-day United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth in New York City and Washington, DC.
But shortly after winning, Niko's invitation to attend the event was withdrawn by the national board overseeing the trip. After his family worked
with Disability Rights Oregon to advocate for his inclusion, the trip is back on.
"We finally got all the details ironed out this week, and the issues have been resolved between the parties," said Loreta Boskovic, Niko's mom, noting that details of the agreement are confidential.