Since 1987, the Rick Hansen Foundation has been working passionately to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Founded by Canada’s Man In Motion Rick Hansen, the Foundation actively removes barriers to create an accessible world and funds ground-breaking medical research.

In addition to our work, we believe that awareness is key to changing perceptions of people with disabilities and to break down the barriers that keep people from reaching their full potential. We hope the Disability Network will have the chance to bring attention to many of the important issues and challenges in our community.

About Rick Hansen

In 1973, at the age of 15, Rick Hansen’s life changed forever. He was involved in an accident that paralyzed him from the waist down. Coming to terms with his new life, he found inspiration from teachers, coaches and family, and set new goals from new dreams. Rick went on to become one of Canada’s most decorated Paralympic athletes.

In March 1985, Rick set off from Vancouver to wheel 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries on the Man In Motion World Tour to prove the potential of people with disabilities. His 26-month journey inspired an entire nation to believe anything is possible and moved thousands to make a difference.

The Foundation has leveraged the $26 million raised during the Man In Motion World Tour to raise nearly $300 million in investments towards spinal cord research, accessibility projects and quality of life initiatives.

To learn more visit