Home Others He's a CNN hero: Alumnus David Flink regards 'LD' as 'learning differently'

He's a CNN hero: Alumnus David Flink regards 'LD' as 'learning differently'

Alumnus of the teaching staff David flink (M.A. ’08), Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye level , a mentoring movement for and by people with learning disabilities / ADHD, was called CNN Held .

Flink is the author of Think Different: An Inspirational Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities (HarperCollins 2014).

CNN recognized Flink for his efforts to empower students who learn differently. Eighty percent of eye-to-eye students have college degrees - a sharp contrast to national statistics that children with learning difficulties are three times more likely to drop out of high school. Eye to Eye also has a number of Young leaders who organize institutes Helping LH / ADHD adolescents stand up for themselves.

It's just crazy for me when we think of groups of students who are likely to fail, we don't look at what they show up for, which is learning, says Flink in a CNN segment It introduces current students, explaining how the mentoring program has helped them in school and beyond, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. This group has the highest drop-out rate in our country. We can solve that.

When Flink received TC's Early Career Award at the college's Academic Festival in 2017, he recalled his own struggles in elementary school before being diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Often banned from the classroom for unruly behavior, he was rescued by a caretaker who played chess with him and by his own ability to perform magic tricks, which gave him confidence. These experiences, which were later supplemented by the master’s degree in what was then Dis / Ability Studies at Teachers College, shaped his philosophy that LD means learning differences and not learning disorders and belonging to a valuable and important minority.

It's just crazy to me when we think of groups of students who are likely to fail, we don't look at what they come up to, which is to learn.

— David Flink (M.A. '08), Gründer und Chief Empowerment Office, Eye to Eye

While studying at Brown University, he co-founded Eye to Eye and recruited LD college students to help LD youth develop critical social and emotional skills, understand their own learning styles, and seek help.

It was a lightning bolt in a bottle, says Flink on the CNN segment. All of the stuff that we thought was really taboo and didn't sound good suddenly - we found out it was just words. There was potential beneath all of this.

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