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.
- 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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Ambassadors are an enthusiastic network of people with disabilities (mobility, vision, or hearing) who are leaders in their communities and speak locally at public and private events representing the Foundation. They promote our shared responsibility to make society more accessible and inclusive, and inspire action towards removing barriers in their own communities.
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Access & Inclusion
The Access & Inclusion Team are trained accessibility specialists who provide assessments of our built environment – the public spaces where we live, work, and play. Their ongoing research into how to make our venues more inclusive and accessible is helping to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, is able to participate as fully as possible in their 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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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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