In March 1985, Rick Hansen set out on the Man in Motion World Tour which set the stage for his life’s work – a journey that opened the eyes of the world to the potential of people with disabilities. The Rick Hansen Foundation was established as a Canadian charity in 1988 and has since been dedicated to Rick’s life-long goal of creating an inclusive world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential.
For three decades, the Foundation has raised awareness, changed attitudes, and removed barriers for people with disabilities, as well as fund spinal cord injury research and care. While they have made great strides towards creating an accessible and inclusive world, there’s still more work to be done.
Vision: An inclusive world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential.
Mission: To inspire leaders, influencers, and the public to join Rick Hansen in creating a global movement to remove barriers in the built environment and thereby liberate the potential of people living with disabilities.
What They Do
They develop programs and initiatives that raise awareness, change attitudes and remove barriers for people with disabilities in the built environment.
The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is a registered Canadian charitable foundation.
Established in 1988, following the completion of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, the Foundation continues to raise funds and awareness to create a world without barriers for people with disabilities. Since then, RHF has been actively improving the lives of people with disabilities, changing perceptions and breaking down barriers. Their 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. They provide solutions to achieve real change through collaboration, partnerships and teamwork. While they have made great strides towards creating an accessible and inclusive world, their work is not yet done. Join their global movement to liberate the amazing potential of people with disabilities and ensure that everyone has an equal chance at participating fully in life.