Who We Are
Our Story and Mission
Eye to Eye’s mission is to improve the educational experience and outcomes of neurodiverse young people, while engaging them and their allies in the movement for a more equitable and inclusive society.
Eye to Eye envisions an anti-ableist world that embraces neurodiversity.
In 1998, students from Brown University with learning differences met with students from Fox Point Elementary School in Providence, RI, as part of Project Eye-to-Eye, their public service project. Students in this program had one simple goal: give them hope.
Brooklyn and Beyond
The Eye to Eye office started out on David's kitchen table in New York in 2005 - and soon outgrew it. The program spread from Brown to other universities, and David teamed up with Marcus Soutra, now President of Eye to Eye, to form a 501(c)(3). Soon, there were over 20 school locations serving students from across the country.
Mentoring and More
The mentoring program quickly expanded to include community-wide events and speakers as well as new resources and programs for students and educators. Moreover, Eye to Eye initiated a larger effort to transform cultural perceptions of what it means to learn differently.
Every day, an increasing number of students are asking for mentorship and support. In order to reach as many as possible, we're establishing new partnerships with school leaders, non-profit organizations, foundations, and corporations and leveraging new programs and technologies.