David Flink

Activist for people with learning disabilities (LD), CEO of the LD mentoring program Eye to Eye, and author of the book Thinking Differently

David Flink is the Co-Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, the only national mentoring movement that is empowering young people with learning differences by giving them a mentor who shares that experience.

In addition to his ongoing work as the leader of Eye to Eye, David has spoken at colleges and universities across the country and internationally, and provided keynote addresses at conferences including the International Dyslexia Association and the Education Revolution Conference held in San Francisco’s AT&T Park. In 2010, he was awarded a Prime Movers Fellowship sponsored by the Hunt Alternatives 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 Leaders Council’s “40 Under 40.” Most recently, David was elected to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship. Ashoka is dedicated to achieving large-scale social innovation.

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. He is the author of Thinking Differently, the first book of its kind written from an autobiographical perspective set out to enlarge our understanding of learning and offer new, powerful strategies for teaching, parenting, and supporting the 20 percent of students with learning disabilities.

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