"Listening to David do the Keynote at the NYU Everyone Reading Conference was like having my own personal mentor for ninety minutes.
So inspirational for me as a parent of a boy with learning differences."

Rachel Lavine


David Flink CNN Hero
2021 CNN Hero David Flink accepts his award onstage from Kelly Ripa. Since 1998, Eye to Eye has grown into a nationwide non-profit that pairs middle school children who have a learning difference with a college or high school mentor who also has a learning difference.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

On December 12th, 2021, David Flink, Eye to Eye’s Founder and CEO, was honored to join the nine other finalists for the 2021 CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute award ceremony, where he represented all who learn differently! CNN created the Heroes designation for “everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world” and honored the nominees during the 15th annual tribute, which aired live on CNN from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Tonight, we further the fight to combat ableism. CNN thank you for giving us a platform to share the story of what is right with people with learning disabilities. All brains are beautiful.“

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A social movement leader on the front lines of the educational equity movement.

Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David later committed his life to students who learn differently. In addition to founding and serving as the Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, a national nonprofit on a mission to improve the educational experience and outcomes of students who learn differently, including those with a specific learning disability (LD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), David regularly speaks to audiences ranging from students and educators to social entrepreneurs, policymakers, and corporate leaders. 

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 1 in 5 students in the United States who learn differently. 

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Learn more about how a group of college students started a movement that grew into the nation’s only nonprofit build for and by those who learn differently.

When a person shares their authentic story about learning differences, they change the perception of those differences. David shares his story and helps inspire others to do the same.

Thinking Differently is an innovative guidebook that expands our understanding of the learning process and offers powerful, innovative strategies for parenting, teaching, and supporting the 20 percent of students who learn differently.

"These students are smart, creative, and capable. However, they think differently, access and process information in an atypical way. That is where opportunity lies."

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