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David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the emergent learning rights movement. He imagines a world where one day all learners will be recognized and all people will be free to succeed. Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David struggled through much of his pre-college education, feeling hopeless and left out of education as a whole. Although his parents and teachers frequently told him he would be able to go to college, he 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 founded Eye to Eye in 1998 while a student at Brown University.

The only national mentoring movement run for and by people with LD/ADHD, Eye to Eye empowers young people with LD/ADHD by giving them a Mentor in school who shares that experience. It also sends them as Diplomats across the country to share their LD/ADHD stories and strategies for success, and supports them as Alumn’Eye as they make the transition from college to the workplace and beyond.

In addition to being Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, David sits on three national nonprofit boards: Hunt Alternatives, Generation Citizen, and CAST. As a Senior Eye to Eye Diplomat, he has provided keynote addresses at conferences including the International Dyslexia Association’s Annual Conference, the Education Revolution Conference held in San Francisco’s AT&T Park, and the Arts and Special Education Conference at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He regularly speaks to audiences ranging from students and educators to social entrepreneurs, policy makers, and corporate leaders.

From Learning Disabilities to
Learning Differences.
Ashoka Fellow David Flink


David was awarded a Prime Movers Fellowship sponsored by the Hunt Alternatives Fund and was elected to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship. He was honored to receive the GQ Gentleman’s Fund Leader Award. In addition, he is an IF Hummingbird Foundation Visionary and an Advisor for The A2A Alliance and Story Shares. David is a recipient of the Teachers College, Columbia University Alumni Early Career Award.

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 first book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, was published by HarperCollins. In it, he sets out to enlarge our understanding of learning and offers new, powerful strategies for teaching, parenting, and supporting the 20 percent of students with learning disabilities. David lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco. For more information about David, his book, and Eye to Eye, visit and

To book David as a speaker for your event, please email Aunye’ Boone at or call our office at 212.537.4429.