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Constance Alexander: Keeping up with Murray Center for Accessible Living’s Carrissa Johnson isn’t easy

Watch out! Carrissa Johnson, Manager of Murray’s Center for Accessible Living (CAL), is a woman who moves fast. Keeping up with her requires stamina, but every encounter is filled with good information, good humor, and good news. The Center for Accessible Living is Kentucky’s first independent Living Center with offices in Louisville and Murray, offering services across the state. In Murray, Carrissa...

Constance Alexander: ADA accessibility protections threatened by United States House Resolution 620

A recent Forbes quote of the day, by designer and entrepreneur Kendra Scott, declared, “Dream big and be disruptive. If you are doing the same thing as everyone else, you’ve already failed.” Such was the impetus behind the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became the law of the land in 1990. Before then, the civil rights of people with disabilities were routinely overlooked while the...

Constance Alexander: Path to wider accessibility includes both a process … and a playground

“Once you complete the survey, you’ll never look at a building the same way again,” Carrissa Johnson says. She is referring to Accessible Murray, a campaign that raises awareness of accessibility issues, and helps organizations identify whether their facilities are disability friendly. As an Independent Living Specialist for Murray’s Center for Accessible Living (CAL) — and a person...