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What We Do

Since 1988, the Rick Hansen Foundation has been actively improving the lives of people with disabilities, changing perceptions and breaking down barriers. Our goal is to create an inclusive world where people with disabilities can reach their full potential.

Today, there are more than 1.3 billion people living in the world with some form of a disability, and the numbers are growing. Around the world, people with disabilities not only face physical barriers but also social, economic and attitudinal barriers. We provide solutions.

Our Results:

  • More accessible physical spaces and modes of transportation
  • More services and programs for those with disabilities
  • Increased awareness and solutions for issues facing people with disabilities
  • Improved medical treatment and health outcomes for those with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities

Join Rick Hansen and his team to liberate the amazing potential of people with disabilities. Learn how you can get involved.

To fulfill our vision, we support a number of important initiatives:

Rick Hansen School Program

The Rick Hansen School Program provides teachers with free, easy-to-use resources that tie into provincial curricula. It supports teachers to raise student awareness of the potential of people with disabilities, and empowers students to create accessible communities. 
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Quality of Life Initiatives

The Foundation funds opportunities to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and to advance accessibility in communities across Canada. This includes funding for wheelchair ramps, home modifications, recreation programs and local accessibility projects. 
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Planat is an online tool that allows users to view and rate the accessibility of places worldwide. With Planat, people with accessibility needs can prepare their trips and outings beforehand and search while on the go. Businesses can also use it to promote their accessibility features while gathering valuable feedback to make improvements.
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Rick Hansen Accessibility Team 

The Rick Hansen Accessibility Team offers free accessibility assessments, working with businesses and venues in Vancouver and Richmond, British Columbia using RHF's Planat tool. This project aims to help improve the accessibility of public venues and raise awareness about its importance within the business community. 
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Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

The Blusson Spinal Cord Centre brings together the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, the Vancouver Coastal Health Spine Program and the Rick Hansen Institute under one roof. This first-of-its-kind partnership is accelerating progress in finding a cure for paralysis after an SCI. 
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Rick Hansen Institute

Formed in 2007, the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) connects scientists, researchers and clinicians to accelerate spinal cord research findings into practical solutions. These solutions are improving the care, health and quality of life for individuals living with an SCI. 
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