Eye to Eye Chief Empowerment Officer David Flink Named CNN Hero
04/02/2021

Founder of national nonprofit Eye to Eye is highlighted for his work to empower students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD.

Online PR News – 02-April-2021 – New York, NY – In recognition of his efforts to empower students who learn differently including those with a specific learning disability (LD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), David Flink, CEO and Founder of Eye to Eye, has been named a CNN Hero. The CNN segment premiered on March 18, 2021, and is currently available at https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/us/learning-disabilities-education-dyslexia-adhd-mentorship-cnnheroes/index.html.

A year-long initiative by the news organization, CNN Heroes honors everyday people who use their skills to creatively and selflessly help others. The CNN Heroes website (http://www.cnnheroes.com) receives thousands of nominations each year from viewers around the world. A CNN Hero is featured each week on CNN.com as well as on the broadcast cable news network. Since 2007, more than 200 CNN Heroes in over 80 countries have been profiled.

As a young student, David Flink was identified with dyslexia and ADHD. He sought role models who shared his experience but often felt discouraged and alone. Although he struggled throughout his early schooling, David was determined to further his education and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Brown University and a master’s degree in disability studies from Columbia University. While attending Brown University in 1998, David, along with a group of enthusiastic volunteers, created Eye to Eye. It has since grown into the only national organization run for and by people who learn differently and provides students with something that he never had— a community of mentors and allies with the lived experience of learning differently.

“I’m only a hero as much as we have a movement full of heroes and heroines,” shared David. Reflecting on the path he took to turn Eye to Eye into a full-fledged movement, he said, “Twenty-two years ago, a group of us decided to change the story around our learning differences from one of shame to pride. We shared with kids like us that there was something right about their learning style and in turn we realized it for ourselves.”

The CNN Heroes profile of David Flink features current students who explain how the program has impacted their school experience and beyond. In addition, the piece details the innovations Eye to Eye executed while the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and isolated students nationwide, including virtual workshops for students and educators.

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About Eye to Eye Eye to Eye is 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). By partnering with schools, Eye to Eye helps students who learn differently embrace their strengths, build their self-esteem, and learn the skills to become self-advocates. For more information, visit http://www.eyetoeyenational.org.

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