Rick Hansen Foundation School Program

Join our mission in educating youth on how they can make a difference in their community.  

The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program (RHFSP) offers compelling resources for youth in kindergarten to Grade 12. Explore our range of free online lessons and activities that can easily be incorporated into your home-schooling curriculum. All lessons are available in English and French.

These thought-provoking exercises and activities will empower young people by raising awareness, challenging perceptions, and opening minds about disability, inclusion, and accessibility. Be inspired by Rick Hansen, the “Man In Motion”, and join a growing movement of youth making a difference.

RHFSP offers:

  • Little Big Lessons, a collection of bite-sized activities for kids of all ages
  • Speaking engagements from our Ambassadors, connecting youth with people with varying disabilities 
  • Lesson plans for students in Grade K-12, linked to provincial curriculum
  • Continuing Education and professional development 
  • Customized support  

Little Big Lessons

Check out our short and easy-to-use activities you can do with your kids at home on themes around Difference Making, kindness, inclusion, awareness, resilience, and bullying.

https://www.rickhansen.com/little-big-lessons

Featured Activities 

Grade 5-12: Retrace Rick Hansen’s historic Man In Motion World Tour – This interactive and educational lesson gives students the opportunity to join Rick on his epic 26-month, 34 country, 40,000 km journey around the world to prove the potential of people with disabilities and raise funds for spinal cord injury research. (Geography, Math)  

Grade K-4: The Boy who Loved to Move – Watch an animated story of Rick Hansen’s inspirational journey and answer questions to show your comprehension. (Language Arts)

Grade 9-12: International Disability Rights Compare the laws set out by the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities to current realities around the world. (Social studies, Law, International Relations)

“The Little Big Lessons have been a phenomenal success with students. There are resources and supports for all ages that are eye-opening, interesting, and which facilitate thoughtfulness and fabulous discussions.”
— Grade 7 teacher, Arielle Weltman


RHF Ambassador Presentations 

RHF Ambassadors are speakers with varying disabilities who will engage your students in meaningful dialogue about disability, inclusion, and accessibility. Now, Ambassadors reach out to students through online platforms of your choice such as Zoom, Google classroom or MS Teams.  

“Raising the awareness to students that they can make a difference to the lives of others is empowering. Students come out of the presentation and look differently at each storefront or building they enter.”
– Grade 3 teacher Marni Appel

Click here to book one of our engaging speakers.

Here is a special presentation put together by Ambassador Ashley Gowanlock for the 2021 Canadian Online Homeschool Conference:

For more information please visit www.rickhansen.com/schools 

For personal support, please contact Georgette Theodore at: gtheodore@rickhansen.com

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