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Teen with autism denied trip he won to UN

Teen with autism denied trip he won to UN


THAT RESUMES WITH THE NORTHBOUND LANES ON FRIDAY. DAN: NEW AT 4:30 A TEENAGER WITH AUTISM IS FIGHTING BACK AFTER BEING UNINVITED ON AN EDUCATIONAL TRIP HE WON FAIR AND SQUARE. JENNIFER: NOW HIS FAMILY WANTS TO KNOW WHY. OUR AMY FRAZIER IS SORTING THIS OUT AND JOINS US TO EXPLAIN. TODAY I MET WITH THE TEEN AND HIS MOTHER. THEY SAY THEY’RE DISAPPOINTED BUT THEY’RE NOT GIVING UP ON THE OPPORTUNITY. I-B-E –. REPORTER: THIS 15-YEAR-OLD USES A LETTER BOARD TO COMMUNICATE. I WANT TO STRESS THAT I BELONG HERE AND PEOPLE LIKE ME AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE. REPORTER: BACK IN NOVEMBER HE ENTERED A CONTEST THROUGH NORTH PORTLAND’S PENINSULA ODD FELLOWS LODGE HOPING TO EARN A SPOT AT THE UNITED NATIONS PILGRIMAGE FOR YOUTH IN NEW YORK THIS SUMMER. THE ANNUAL EVENT STARTED BY THE NATIONAL ARM OF THE FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION BRINGS TOGETHER 300 TEENS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD TO STUDY THE UNITED NATIONS. THE PENINSULA ODD FELLOWS CHOSE NIKO AS A DELEGATE AND RAISED $1600 TO HELP HIM GO IN JULY. THEY LATER GOT WORD THAT THE BOARD OF THE U.N. PILGRIMAGE WHICH OPERATES AS A NATIONAL NONPROFIT WON’T ACCEPT NIKO. DISGUSTED. JUST ABSOLUTELY APPALLED BECAUSE THIS IS NOT WHAT THE FELLOWSHIP IS ABOUT. REPORTER: NIKO’S MOTHER SHARED THIS E-MAIL FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PILGRIMAGE TO A LOCAL ORGANIZER. THE LETTER SAYS, ACCEPT THAT HE IS NOT ACCEPTED AND NEITHER ARE CHAPERONES. YOU CHAPERONE A DANCE. YOU CHAPERONE A BUS TRIP WHEN YOUR KID GOES TO THE ZOO. THIS IS GOING AND BEING HIS SUPPORT, HIS COMMUNICATION, INTERPRETER. REPORTER: BOTH THE FAMILY AND LOCAL ORGANIZATION HAVE TRIED TO GET ANSWERS FROM THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION WITH NO RESPONSE. WE ALSO TRIED. THE FAMILY IS NOW WORKING WITH AN ATTORNEY, WITH DISABILITY RIGHTS, OREGON. HE BELIEVES IT IS A CLEAR CUT CASE OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION. I CAN’T FATHOM ANYTHING ELSE THAT THERE IS BESIDES HIM HAVING AUTISM AND USING A LETTER BOARD. IT IS THAT SIMPLE AND THAT BLATANT. YOU KNOW THE TEEN WAS CHOSEN FOR THE TRIP BECAUSE HE IMPRESSED LOCAL JUDGES WITH HIS ESSAY ON THE UKRAINE. HE ALSO DID AN INTERVIEW THAT IMPRESSED THEM. WELL, THE ATTORNEY NOW HAS SENT A LETTER TO THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION DEMANDING SOME ANSWERS ON THIS. THE FAMILY IS TELLING ME THEY

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  1. he's quite attractive

  2. How did that autist win that competition in the first place

  3. See, the reason he isn't going is because they want to make sure that the opportunity is given to those who might actually have a future. Especially in a government setting. The kid doesn't get to get whatever he wants just because he has a mental illness. This kid has no place in any functional job or organisation and everyone knows it, but we should waste the once in a lifetime opportunity on him because we feel bad for him? Fuck him and his people. Entitled people need to learn that life isn't always fair.

  4. UN sucks anyways.

  5. Maybe cause they want people to represent What their country is and their youth
    im pretty sure if you want to choose a teen from around the world
    you wont want a teen with the Intelligence of a Tree frog

  6. I can see this going both ways but,i have autistic friends and won't often listen to me and my mother is an special ed teacher and it's really hard to accommodate students on field trips so what if this kid has an outburst on the trip? I could see it as ok if the mother went herself to help her kid but again he is a human

  7. the real discrimination is all the special treatment and free things people with disabilities get. not saying this video was like that, the kid won it fair and square, but my point still stands in other cases

  8. Autism is a social issue, I didn't watch the video, but I did read the comments, that is just a lazy excuse for them not wanting to spend the money to do this.

  9. Have a nice trip Niko….24H to wait. Bon voyage!

  10. ahhhh the "UN" !

  11. It's pretty obvious they realised he would be way too much work and more money. Not disability discrimination.

  12. arprats sitaa nevajag. nu ne kauna ne goida 🙁

    jasoda sitadi cilveki :((9

  13. not a single non white on the entire thing.
    UN = NEW WORLD ORDER CONFIRMED

  14. UN SHOULD NOT BE IN THE USA!

  15. i dont even care that hes autistic.. but why did he enter in the first place..

  16. Americans are fucking horrible.

  17. I cannot stand disability discrimination and I suffered it too! I have Autism…

  18. that kid has a bitchin jacket

  19. Mmmm, I saw that they finally let him go, but I don't like that the parents ran to a lawyer strong arm them into doing it Threatening to sue people and actually suing people isn't the answer to everything. With that being said hey are pricks for denying him.

  20. At first glance he looks "normal" compared to some autistic kids in my school. No offense to autistic people

  21. no I think its pretty simple, no chaperones are allowed and since he needs one they wouldnt allow it.

  22. i heard that he is going! he deserves going! 🙂

  23. The title confused me…

  24. The UN doesnt need any more retards

  25. Awww he's so cute!

  26. why doesn't he just use a keyboard, wouldn't that be easier?

  27. Oh and BTW retards, it wasn't the UN that denied him it was the christian organizers of fuckface fellowship. Can you people read or process sound.

  28. Autism Is One Hell of A Drug.

  29. Meanwhile, count the number of women in this picture, 0:55. It's almost as if there's an agenda here.

  30. He can communicate legitimately, the fuck is wrong with him!? Nothing! I hope he goes next time.

  31. Lol! Let's not let disabled people travel with us

  32. The UN is shit anyway.

  33. Does he just not want to speak? lol

  34. *breath in*

    B O I

  35. The world is full of prejudices! Screw the UN

  36. I wish they would give the whole story. Not that I know any more about this than what is shown in the video here, but I feel like there could be more to it than they let on.

  37. no shit! they don't want to pay for a chaperone to go with him because it was clearly 1 winner.

  38. I don't think he should be allowed to go, let someone else go who would clearly learn something.

  39. Uhg… the UN is a disastrous organization

  40. Meanwhile, police are handing out fines for 'manspreading'.

    Sorry people, but this world is too far gone. I know there are a few good people out there, but the majority of the fucking morons I can't wait to see them getting raped and beaten to within an inch of their lives.

  41. meanwhile people on the internet make fun of autism like it's actually funny.

  42. vaccinations..tsk tsk tsk

  43. I don't get why he has to have an interpreter, just give him a tablet with text to speech on it and he's all good.

  44. Because he's a fucking regard that can't talk. Why else would he be ineligible. What possibly could be the other resson

  45. this is the wrong video, shouldn't it be jake paul arrested?

  46. Maybe if he wasn't such a tard he wouldn't have this issue

  47. If he has to use a board to communicate, I can totally see why he was left out.

  48. UN is a evil organization

  49. " you chaperone a dance, or on a bus trip." Ummm not in high school.

  50. 1950: In future,we'll have a very good life
    2017: some racists deny a teen with a neurodevelopmental disorder.

  51. fuck the letter board get that lad text to speech.

  52. He's a angel awwe

  53. I am autistic. Many people are autistic, why is it something that is seen as a disability?

  54. I bet half the UN bureaucracy has autism too.

  55. Poor kid, he really wanted to go.

    BTW, with people that communicate via letter board, was it because of some physical problems with speaking? Coz he seem eloquent enough with his response. Is he also mute?

  56. "I want to stress that I belong here and people like me aren't going anywhere" HAHA maybe not the best choice of words

  57. I checked his blog, he's a genius! https://nikoboskovic.wordpress.com/page/3/
    I'm so glad he got to go in the end! 🙂

  58. I feel like 90% of people in the comment section are smarter than me the other 10% are just plain brain dead vegetables

  59. UN is a joke anyway.

  60. That's just a obvious case of discrimination, nothing more.

  61. He's so cute though

  62. Things with autism are not people

  63. Let's see how quick they change their minds when the donations stop.

  64. I don't see a problem. Why would they take an extra 10 minutes every 15 min just so he can point to letters to get a sentence out.

  65. That's just mean

  66. This is discrimination they are going agsint the law

  67. How did he win an essay contest if he can't communicate without a "letter board"?

  68. I really like his style c:

  69. The UN is absolutely full in corruption anyway, visiting their HQ is hardly an honour.

  70. I never take part into contests where you can win a trip or a car. Because of I'm a wheelchair user and it would probably just take more effort to find out whether I really could go on the trip and I know I can't drive a normal car… so rather not bothering than getting first gladly surprised, then make the effort and end up disappointed =_='

  71. Take him and when he melts down or gets lost, OH WELL !

  72. wow look at all these autistic people that think that the un hates them

  73. The real crime is allowing a retarded kid to go to a normal school, then pumping sunshine up everyone's skirt trying to act like he's just as intelligent as everyone else. There, I said it.

  74. He'd probably scream loudly in response to a nuclear threat LaUNcH AlL ThE nUKeS

  75. He probably has more IQ than anyone in the group of person who refuses him to go, all together. Unfair.

  76. People don't understand autism. Half the computer nerds have it.

  77. That kid's face looks like one of my friends.

  78. are there any other vids that say what happen'd after how it got on i would love to know.

  79. Oh god he looks like he's just gonna pull out the ak

  80. I have Autism and a major case of Asperger's and I feel sorry for the man portrayed in this video; I also feel sorry for those that denied him a trip that HE HIMSELF WON as they clearly work for Satan in this case and not God. But unlike Satan, God never discriminates, regardless of what disability or ailment one happens to suffer from or be born into this plane of existence with; and for that, I say that there will be a special circle in Hell exclusively for those who denied this nonverbal Autist a trip that he legitimately earned. #ToHellWithSatan

  81. Although I agree this is incredibly outrageous, I can see their point. I certainly would not fancy having to communicate via a letter board. Im sure he has the capability to write as communication. Think about it, this is an opportunity; an opportunity that can only be fulfilled by asking and answering questions. Given that it probably takes him 5-6 minutes to ask 1 question, the process is very inconveniencing for the staff and inefficient in general. This opportunity would most benefit someone who is willing to shy away from their "comfort zone", mentally challenged or not. I know many mentally challenged students who have it worse than this guy, but willing to talk no matter how they sound and write no matter how bad their grammar is. That was my opinion regarding this situation, still a shame they revoked his trip.

  82. This young man is on a mission don't get in his way

  83. WHY ON EARTH WOULD A YOUTH UN GATHERING DENY A KID WITH AUTISM, WHO WON. FAIR AND SQUARE.
    ???!!!! It seems bizarre quite honestly! I mean if anything, I actually thought they be happy to have him. More diversity amoung their gathering representatives.

    I mean this is not only shocking but appalling. Wow.

  84. This make me feel sick to my mind because I know how the feel cause I'm also autistic 😡😠

  85. Board of UN pilgrimage board members are pieces of shit

  86. Board of UN pilgrimage board members are pieces of shit

  87. That’s discrimination

  88. No f*** America today I have autism 2 and I get treated like a severely autistic person while I'm very high-functioning so I get this kid's pain I also am transgender male to female so getting for something that a kid one cuz he has autism f*** if he has autism Let him be always know your give a s***

  89. He's determined and working hard and cute as hell. I'm glad he got to go

  90. Woa what?! That's outrageous!

  91. this kid shouldn't have been invited. damn shame they folded to public pressure..

  92. Not even surprised. Does it matter though? Not really.

  93. We should not even happen in the first place for this kid he didn't deserve this kind of treatment these people should be ashamed of themselves I'm glad she got to go enjoy the experience that kind of thing what these people did to this poor kid makes me sick to my stomach😡😡

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