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Inspirational deafblind musician Adam Michael, 19, from Stroud wins national award

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A deafblind musician from Stroud has been named ‘Young Person of the Year’ by national disability charity, Sense.

Adam Michael, 19, was awarded the honour for his contribution to the deafblind community and his determination to live life to the max, despite the barriers he faces due to his disability.

He has a condition called charge syndrome, which results in dual visual and hearing impairments recently finished college with top grades in his BTEC qualifications and GCSE’s.

Adam accepted his award at special ceremony held at the TouchBase Pears centre in Birmingham last week but still could not believe he won.

“I couldn’t believe it when my name was called and I was announced the Young Deafblind Person of the Year,” said Adam.

“I wasn’t expecting it as the other nominees are all really inspirational people, so it was a complete shock, but I think we are all winners.”

The musically talented teenager also helps to care for his brother who has cerebral palsy and is actively involved in a number of community projects.

These projects include playing piano for a local musical therapist, performing as part of a samba band, singing in a local choir and regularly playing sports with friends.

In addition to his studies and pastimes, Adam who is has also been working for Gloucestershire County Council as an ambassador for vulnerable young people, raising awareness of disability issues and helping to guide the council in its decision making and staff training.

Gillian Morbey, CEO of Sense, believes Adam has demonstrated incredible spirit.

She said: “Adam’s drive and determination to live life to the full is an inspiration to us all and the Sense Awards exist to celebrate the achievements of people like him.”

Culled from Stroud News.

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