Feliciano, Hall draw nods

AFTRA fetes duo with disability awareness awards

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists will honor Jose Feliciano and Robert David Hall with AFTRA disability awareness awards.

AFTRA prexy John Connolly Kudos will present the kudos on Sunday at Universal Studios as part of the state of California’s Media Access awards program, which recognizes the entertainment and media industry for hiring and accurately portraying people with disabilities.

Feliciano, who was born blind, has won six Grammy Awards and earned more than 45 Gold and Platinum records. AFTRA noted that his work as a spokesman for diabetes monitoring has vastly increased the reported cases of Hispanics with the disease, leading to early manageable treatment options.

Hall (“CSI”) lost his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee in 1978 after a tractor-trailer driven by a drunken driver plowed into his vehicle. He’s national chair of the AFTRA Performers with Disabilities Committee.

This year is the fifth that AFTRA has presented its disability awareness nods. Past recipients include Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Ellis Hall Jr., Jane Pauley, Montel Williams and the Non-Traditional Casting Project.

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