Welcome to the Rick Hansen Foundation blog! We post regularly on a range of topics and issues in the disability and accessibility community.

Explore past posts to read personal experiences of disability, tips for how to improve accessibility in your community, what you can do to be more inclusive, and more.

Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Ontario's Julie Sawchuk

January 15, 2019

When Julie Sawchuk is out in her small town of Blyth, Ontario, complete strangers often stop and thank her.

Celebrating 10 years: 10 life-changing initiatives from the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

December 4, 2018

Ten years ago this November, the six story, 11,000 square metre Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (BSCC) opened its doors.

Meet Darby Lee Young, Accessibility Strategist and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award Winner

November 14, 2018

Darby Lee Young was born with cerebral palsy and a disregard for the barriers she encounters today.

Rick Hansen Foundation Fall 2018 Newsletter

October 30, 2018

The latest updates on the programs at the Rick Hansen Foundation for Fall 2018.

From Where I Sit: Five Traits of a Meaningfully Accessible Building

September 29, 2018

One of the most common misconceptions I encounter when discussing accessibility is ‘I’m already accessible, because my building meets code’.

September Reading List: Representation in the Arts

September 19, 2018

It’s time for our quarterly reading list. This fall, we have curated a list of articles about representation and empowerment.

The Sound Of Silence

August 30, 2018

For as far back as I can remember, I have always had difficulty hearing. In school I’d be sitting in a classroom, trying to follow what was happening.

Accessible Tourism in Canada: Vacation Ideas for Travelers with Disabilities

August 3, 2018

For people with physical disabilities, travelling can be more daunting than rewarding, due to a lack of accessible tourist destinations and transportation methods.

Accessibility is what I’ve been fighting for my entire life

July 12, 2018

Laetitia Mfamobani is a professional woman with degrees in mathematics and political science. She’s also blind.

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