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Free Lecture Featuring Guest Speaker Rick Hansen!

Join us for this free Hallman Lecture featuring guest speaker Rick Hansen.

Date | Monday, June 10, 2024
Time | Doors - 6:30 p.m.
Lecture - 7:00 p.m.
Community reception | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST

Location | Health Expansion Building (Room 1689)
 200 University Ave West

Parking will be available in M, N, and R lots.
Accessible parking is available upon request; please email trthoban@uwaterloo.ca


Through the power of his own story and the inspiration he’s found in others, Rick Hansen shares his vision and inspires audiences to join his journey to create an accessible, healthy, and inclusive world where people of all abilities can fully participate and contribute. By reflecting on our own actions and beliefs, we can challenge existing standards and dream up new ones – ones that foster hope, inspiration, and acceptance. Hansen encourages us all to fight for accessibility as a human right.

Anything is possible if we have the courage to try. 

Click here to REGISTER NOW


Please register promptly, as we anticipate this lecture will sell out.

 If you are unable to attend in person, please register to view the livestream.

Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic 26-month, 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair. Rick is also a three-time world champion, nine-time Pan Am gold medalist, and six-time Paralympic medalist. He is the founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating an inclusive world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential. 

For more than three decades, Rick and his team have been focused on the removal of barriers. Currently, Rick and the Foundation are rethinking how people of all ages and abilities access spaces where we live, work, learn and play. The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) is the only program that rates, certifies and showcases accessible building based on their level of meaningful access for persons with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities. To date, more than 1,915 sites across Canada have been rated through the program.



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