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David Flink


Co-Founder and CEO, Eye to Eye

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David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the new learning rights movement. He imagines a world where one day all learners will be recognized and all children will be free to succeed. Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David Flink struggled through much of his pre-college education feeling hopelessness and left out of education as a whole. Although his parents and teachers frequently told him he would be able to go to college, David would have found that message more believable if it had come from a person with a learning difference (LD) who had finished college.

With that in mind, David co-founded Eye to Eye in 1998 while a student at Brown University. Eye to Eye is the only national mentoring movement that is empowering young people with LD by giving them a mentor shares that experience.

In addition to his ongoing work as executive director of Eye to Eye he has spoken at colleges and universities across the country and internationally, and provided keynote addresses at conferences including at the International Dyslexia Association and the Education Revolution Conference held in San Francisco's AT&T Park. In 2010, he was awarded a Prime Mover's Fellowship sponsored by the Hunt Alternative's Fund, which supports emerging and established social movement leaders who are developing innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at the local, national, and global levels. In 2011, David was named one of the New Leader's Council "40 Under 40".

David holds a master's degree in disability studies in education from Columbia University and bachelor's degrees with honors in education and psychology from Brown University.

His book Thinking Differently: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities was published by William Morrow in 2013. His website is