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Rebecca Alexander

Award-Winning Author, Psychotherapist, Extreme Athlete & Disability Rights Advocate

Award-Winning Author, Psychotherapist, Extreme Athlete & Disability Rights Advocate

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Rebecca Alexander Biography

Rebecca Alexander is an author, psychotherapist, disability rights advocate, group fitness and yoga/meditation instructor, and extreme athlete who is almost completely blind and deaf.

Born with a rare genetic disorder called Usher syndrome (3A), Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her vision and hearing since she was an adolescent. She was told that by age 30, she’d likely be completely blind. Then, at 19, one year after a fall from a second-story window left her athletic body completely shattered, she learned she would lose her hearing as well.

Now, in her 40s, with only a sliver of sight and total deafness without the use of her cochlear implants, Alexander has a thriving psychotherapy practice with two master’s degrees from Columbia University and certifications from the American Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Alexander is best known for her drive, zest for life, innate curiosity, remarkable sense of humor, and willingness to address difficult topics most people avoid with humility and candor. Consistently upbeat, Alexander provides insight and inspiration to others in the face of adversity.

As an extreme athlete, Alexander has racked up an impressive resume. Participating in the 600-mile AIDS Lifecycle ride, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, swimming from Alcatraz to shore in the San Francisco Bay, and competing in the Civilian Military Combine (CMC) races are among Alexander’s extraordinary feats.

She is the narrator of the PBS American Masters’ biopic documentary Becoming Helen Keller and the co-creator and host of the PBS American Masters’ short documentary Protactile: A Language of Touch. She’s presented for TEDx, been featured on many TV shows and in numerous publications, has been honored with prestigious awards for her advocacy work, and she’s been the keynote speaker for esteemed organizations, including Microsoft, Peloton, Johnson & Johnson, Citigroup, Initiative, UBS, Harvard Medical School, Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Langone Hospital, and many others.

Alexander’s critically acclaimed memoir, "Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found," received several awards, including an Indie Book Award, and was recognized by the MS Society’s Books for a Better Life. "Not Fade Away" is currently in development to be made into a motion picture.

Alexander currently serves as a board director for the Usher Syndrome Society, is the board chair for the Foundation Fighting Blindness Mental Health Council, and is an advisory board member for the Disability Rights Advocates and No Limits For Deaf Children.

Rebecca Alexander Speaking Topics

  • Finding Fulfillment: Live a Life Worth Celebrating

    As an extreme athlete, author, and psychotherapist who is almost completely blind and deaf due to a rare genetic condition called Usher syndrome (type III), Rebecca Alexander will guide you to uncover your true potential to start leading a life that is worth celebrating. While we can not change the difficult situations we have experienced in the past, we can work to better understand and resolve the challenges we face today and be prepared for the future. Rebecca’s vulnerability, intelligence, keen insight and quick wit are simply a part of what make her such a captivating speaker. Her ability to engage her audience through emotion, in a safe and relatable way teaches us how to identify long-standing behavior patterns or negative belief systems and perceptions that may be holding us back from experiencing a more fulfilling and deeply meaningful life. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging time in your life or are just ready to move in a new, positive direction, Rebecca will motivate you to take the next steps towards achieving your goals.

  • Breathe In Peace, Breathe Out Fear: A Mantra for Self-Acceptance

    As a teenager, Rebecca learned that by the age of 30 she would be completely blind and deaf due to a rare genetic disorder called Usher syndrome (type III). How did a diagnosis like this motivate Rebecca not simply to survive but to thrive in the face of unimaginable loss? Rebecca shares her deeply moving and personal journey of loss, resilience, perseverance, and hope that has led her to an illuminated life filled with tremendous meaning, hard work, intimacy, fulfillment, and self-acceptance.

Rebecca Alexander Videos

  • H.E.L.P. - Humanity's Essence, Living Proof | Rebecca Alexander
    No one would blame Rebecca Alexander if she gave up on life. Born with a rare genetic disorder called Usher Syndrome Type III, Rebecca has been...
  • Peter Alexander Takes How Eye See It Blindfold Challenge To Support Sister
    NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander’s sister Rebecca has lost most of her vision due to a retinal degenerative disease, but that...
  • Keynote Speech ACE 2015 - Rebecca Alexander
    Rebecca Alexander ACE 2015 Keynote Speech http://www.jcahpo.org

Rebecca Alexander Books

  • Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found
    Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

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    Rebecca Alexander is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Disability, Education, Health, Influential Women, Inspirational, Leadership, Personal Growth, TED, Virtual Speakers, Women, Women's Health.
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Rebecca Alexander is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Finding Fulfillment: Live a Life Worth Celebrating and Breathe In Peace, Breathe Out Fear: A Mantra for Self-Acceptance. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rebecca Alexander for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Rebecca Alexander generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tiffany Yu, Jameela Jamil, Sarah Reinertsen, Dr. Janet Taylor and Gabrielle Union. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rebecca Alexander for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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