David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the learning rights movement. He imagines a world where one day all learners will be seen, heard and valued. Being diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David later committed his life to students with learning differences. In 1998 as a student at Brown University, David founded Eye to Eye alongside a group of dedicated volunteers. Eye to Eye has since become known as the only national organization run for and by people with learning and attention issues, like dyslexia and ADHD.
David holds a master's degree in dis/ability studies in education from Columbia University and a bachelors’ degrees with honors in both education and psychology from Brown University. His first book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, was published by HarperCollins. In it, he sets out to expand our understanding of learning and offers new, powerful strategies for teaching, parenting, and supporting the 1 in 5 students with learning differences.
David has served on national nonprofit boards including, Swanee Hunt Alternatives Foundation, Generation Citizen, CAST, and the New Profit Reimagine Learning Advisory Board. While David is proud to receive each honor and award, 2015 was a unique year where he found himself celebrated in the pages of GQ as Man of the Year alongside fellow dyslexic, Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, David was named a 2021 CNN Hero.
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