Ray Charles Honored For Advancing Disability Awareness
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 5, 2002
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA--Last Saturday, Ray Charles was honored for his work to raise awareness about disability issues within the entertainment industry during his career.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists presented the 72-year-old music legend with its Disability Awareness Award during the 20th Annual Media Access Awards ceremony.
Charles has been blind since age 7.
The entertainer has won 13 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Even though people with disabilities make up 20 percent of the U.S. population, less than two percent of TV and film characters have disabilities, according to the California Employment Development Department.