Kildonan Community Member

Alan Alda

Giving students with dyslexia a voice is a goal for each Kildonan student. The Kildonan community was excited to hear Alan Alda’s conversation with Eye to Eye Founder David Flink. The two spoke on a recent episode of Alda’s Clear and Vivid podcast.

Both are members of the broader Kildonan community. Alda is grandfather to a recent graduate. He was also our most recent graduation speaker. Flink joined our community after Kildonan founded the first chapter of Eye to Eye at the high school level.

Logo for Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda.

TaDa! Moment

In Alan Alda’s speech to the 2018 graduating class he asked them not to take life too seriously. He said they should embrace failure. They should not put limits on themselves because of dyslexia or other reasons. He provided the graduates with an exercise to practice when failures happen. Check out how our graduates did with Alda’s “TaDa!” exercises!

Group of graduating high schoolers in green caps and gowns.
Graduation cap with message "It was worth it, class of 2018"
Four panelists sit with Alan Alda in front of Kildonan School and Eye to Eye banners.

Discussions on Dyslexia

In 2013 Kildonan partnered with David Flink and Eye to Eye to host Discussions on Dyslexia. In Alan Alda’s series “Alan Alda Talks to the Experts,” Alda oversaw the discussion with Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, Dr. Manuel Casanova, and Dr. Fumiko Hoeft.

The full version of the talk and a playlist of topics can be viewed on the Kildonan YouTube channel here.

Man points to sign for Alan Alda event. Woman stands behind registration table.
Two men stand together on a stage with Kildonan and Eye to Eye banner in background.

David Flink Introduction

Alan Alda Introductions

What is Dyslexia?

What is going on in the dyslexic mind?

Brain columns in the dyslexic mind

Young Children and Dyslexia


The Advantages in Context

Prescription for Education

Dyslexia, Evolution, and Society

Dyslexia and Entrepreneurs

The full version of the talk can be viewed on the Kildonan YouTube site by clicking here.

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