Alexandra Adams

Alexandra Adams UK’s First Deafblind Person Training to be a Doctor | TEDx Speaker


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  • Being the UK’s first deafblind medical student: The Journey
  • Experiences of the Young Female Patient
  • Medicine and Mental Health
  • What I’ve learnt from being a patient
  • Discrimination in the Workplace: How to do better
  • What I have learnt from Workplace Bullying
  • Delirious
  • When not to take ‘No’ as an answer
  • Faces of the NHS: 1.5 million stars
  • The Rare Disease Patient, and Gaslighting
  • How not to judge a book by its cover
  • Misconceptions and Myth-busting on being a deafblind medical student
  • How to be a Superhero

Alexandra Adams's Biography

Alexandra is the UK’s first deafblind person training to be a Doctor.  As someone who is ‘different’ to most people in the field, due to her disabilities, she has experienced setback, misjudgement, and discrimination, both in her professional and personal life.  After documenting these experiences, through her blog, and various small-scale talks, Alexandra quickly went on to addressing these issues of stereotyping and lack of inclusion through far bigger educational talks and advocacy roles, with her first major talk being a TED talk, TEDxNHS, in October 2019.

From there, Alexandra continued delivering talks both nationally and internationally, with the hope of helping to promote culture change and disability awareness to the wider world and workplace.  These talks have ranged from local government events, to global medical conferences, appearing on podcasts and radio channels, national news programmes and daytime television.  Her biggest in-person talk to date has been at Wembley Arena, in front of an audience of 16,000 people, alongside well-known stars such as Jamie Oliver, Idris Elba, Gwendoline Christie and Lewis Hamilton, to name but a few, for WE Day, early 2020. 

Like for many of us, Alexandra’s life then changed drastically after this, when, during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, she ended up bedridden in hospital for 17 months, juggling life, death, and a handful of rare disease diagnoses.  Despite having to take 2.5 years out of medical school, and learning to walk, and live again, all whilst she overcame illness, Alexandra now also talks about her experiences as a patient and how this has influenced her future practice as a Doctor, passionate about patient advocacy, mental health, and healthcare improvement. 

Alexandra remains a positive and optimistic role-model who strongly believes that, with hard work and self-belief, anything is possible.  Her background of being a GB athlete in 2 different sports, prior to her Medicine journey and having been medical student on past, has equipped her with the necessary stamina, perseverance, and resilience, in knowing that the biggest and best goals come with a lot of time, and hard work.  Life might not always turn out the way in which we plan it, and there will be many obstacles that we will have to contend with along the way, but Alexandra’s one clear message is that, it can be done, and that with a goal, a dream, self-belief, and the yearn to try, rather than fail to try, the impossible is very much possible.

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Alexandra Adams

Alexandra Adams' areas of expertise include disability awareness, culture change, advocacy, patient advocacy, mental health, and healthcare improvement. Her unique perspective as the UK's first deafblind person training to be a doctor contributes to her insights in overcoming challenges and promoting inclusion.

Alexandra Adams empowers individuals to reach their full potential by sharing her personal journey, including setbacks and challenges. Through her talks, she inspires others with her positive and optimistic outlook, emphasizing the importance of hard work, self-belief, and resilience in overcoming obstacles.

Alexandra Adams likely incorporates storytelling, resilience-building narratives, and insights gained from her experiences to offer practical strategies for personal growth. Her emphasis on hard work, self-belief, and overcoming adversity suggests a focus on building mental resilience and determination.

To obtain testimonials or references, it would be advisable to check her official website, contact her representation, or reach out directly for information about individuals or organizations that have benefited from her talks.

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