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Wearing a silver crown on her
head and singing Tarrus Riley s pop-
ular song She s Royal, Jane Boisson
celebrated her 100 birthday in grand
style surrounded by family, friends
and neighbours on June 24.
Affectionately called "Janin," Bois-
son also thanked God for blessing
her with life, health and strength, but
also for the opportunity to raise her
four children (two of whom she has
outlived) on the right path.
As a single parent, Boisson s last
child and daughter, Inez, said her
mother was a disciplinarian, who
never believed in sparing the rod and
spoiling her children.
"She would give us a scolding if
we step out of line...especially if we
tell tales," said Inez, who lives with
her mother at Valencia Road, Valen-
cia.Inez said her mother, who still has
a sharp brain, single-handedly raised
her four children.
"She was a pillar of strength to us.
Mom worked hard as a waitress and
a cashier in a restaurant in her
younger days. Then she got a job as
a water carrier in the Ministry of
Works, where she spent many years
toiling to ensure that her children
were well provided for. We never went
without food and clothing. She was
an excellent provider and mother to
her children," said Inez.
She said her mother has one habit
which she has not been able to break
over the years---chewing her chicken
bones while eating.
"Mom loves to eat food such as
fish, ochro, provision, rice and salt
fish. But when you gave her chicken,
she would always chew on the bones.
It s a habit she has not been able to
break since then."
Inez said her mother is also fond
of gambling. Her favourite game is
During a trip to Canada a few years
aback, Inez said her mother played
a game of piggy and won US $1,100.
"She took $20 from her winnings
and play another game and won
another $1,100. After collecting
$2,200 she had enough sense to stop."
The money, Inez said, was put away
for a rainy day.
Inez said whenever her mother
prayed, she always asked God to grant
her life to celebrate her 100th birth-
"God has given her wish. Now she s
asking God to allow her two more
years. She wants to celebrate her
102nd birthday. I hope God can give
us some more time with her.
"She is a good human being who
is free-handed. She loves sharing with
others. I think this is what kept her
living so long.
"When she gives, she gives with
her heart and with a good mind."
On Wednesday, those close to Bois-
son gathered to celebrate the cente-
narian s birthday.
"Mom was in a celebratory mood.
We cooked food and bought a big
Inez said the highlight of the day
came when her mother, decked in a
beautiful dress, requested that Riley s
song be played.
"Mom shocked everyone when she
began dancing on a chair and singing
the words of the song to the delight
of her guests. To us, she is really
...Valencia woman marks 100 in style
'Janin is really royal'
its toll on a disabled person using crutches
or a wheelchair.
She said other challenges the disabled
encountered daily were trying to access
government buildings, banks, malls and
navigate high pavements. This is dehu-
manising, she said.
Alexander said over time the disabled
learned to develop strong bladders.
She related how in 2011, wheelchair-
bound DPI representative, Justin Barker
couldn t get into the bathroom of the Port-
of-Spain Town Hall when he attended a
meeting on discrimination hosted by the
Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC).
Disabled people, she said, are an after-
thought in this country as the town hall s
bathrooms remain unchanged up to this
Alexander said the visually impaired and
the physically challenged learned to adapt
very early in life to whatever conditions
She said at home children with disabilities
were almost fully integrated into the family,
but when they ventured out into society
they were stigmatised.
Alexander said a fitting tribute to keep
the legacy of the former chairman of the
local chapter of Disabled People Interna-
tional (DPI) George Daniel alive was to
ensure that the younger generation of dis-
abled people get meaningful employment.
She said it pained her every time she
saw the younger generation of disabled
people in the same situation they were in
since they protested in front NFM in 2003.
Alexander said that they should not be
experiencing this in 2015.
They are fighting to ensure Daniel s vision
does not die. Daniel is best remembered
for leading a 116-day protest in 2003 outside
NFM, following the company s refusal to
employ two disabled people.
In 2005, Daniel, through former AG
Anand Ramlogan, filed a constitutional
motion against the State for its failure to
provide adequate access facilities for dis-
abled people at the Hall of Justice.
Daniel died on April 7, 2010.
in government manifesto
for the disabled
Minister of the People and Social Devel-
opment Christine Newallo-Hosein said
there were provisions in the Government
manifesto for the disabled.
She said in relation to user-friendly hous-
ing, there was also the land for the landless
policy that ensured that people with dis-
abilities were treated equally in keeping
with the ratification of The United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Newallo-Hosein said the convention also
put in place the framework for buildings
to conform to the accommodation of people
living with disabilities and to ensure
She said it was a very comprehensive
and cohesive approach that the Government
was taking towards disabled people running
the full gamut from housing, transport,
employment and education.
Newallo-Hosein said Education Minister
Dr Tim Gopeesingh met with approximately
150 stakeholders from 63 organisations in
a national consultation on special needs
education at the Centre of Excellence,
Macoya, on April 29.
She said Transport Minister Stephen
Cadiz planned to implement measures in
the new Motor Vehicle Bill for the disabled
such as parking permits, reserved parking,
and $5,000 fines for able-bodied people
who park in spaces reserved for the dis-
Newallo-Hosein said legislation will be
introduced to provide a better inclusion for
people with disabilities.
US disability rights attorney helps
draft legislation for the disabled
John Wodatch, a US disability rights
attorney who was instrumental in writing
"John Wodatch, a US disability
rights attorney who was
instrumental in writing the first
US federal disability rights
regulations in the 1970s and
played an important role drafting
the 1990 Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), visited
T&T recently to make
recommendations on its
legislation for the disabled and
hold discussions with several
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Centenarian Jane Boisson receives holy communion from lay minister
Leo Thomas on her birthday.
From page B3
the first US federal disability rights regulations in
the 1970s and played an important role drafting
the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
visited T&T recently to make recommendations
on its legislation for the disabled and hold discus-
sions with several stakeholders, including Newal-
lo-Hosein, on the ratification of The United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabil-
...comprehensive approach in housing, transport, employment, education
Newallo-Hosein promises better days for disabled
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