Autistic boy who won essay contest will visit NY after organization rescinds trip
PORTLAND, Ore. – A 15-year-old Portland boy will get to visit New York as a youth delegate for the United Nations after he was initially denied the trip.
Niko won the trip after entering a national contest with a 500-word essay on a country where the UN works. The Odd Fellows Fraternal Organization initially told him that he'd won the contest, but his mother claims the group rescinded the award after learning Niko has autism.
Niko uses a letter board to communicate. While it may take him a little longer to converse, what he has to say makes a big impression.
Over the weekend, he found out that he will be making the trip after all.
Niko made the announcement in a Facebook post, saying:
"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?'"