January 25, 2016 (Beijing) – The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI), Peking University Third Hospital (PUTH) and Accreditation Canada International (ACI) today embark on a unique opportunity to combine best practices to improve the lives of those living with spinal cord injury (SCI) in Canada and China.
In the summer of 2015, Rick Hansen, CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, pledged his support for Barrier-Free Canada, an initiative that is advocating for the government to enact a new piece of legislation called the Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA). The CDA would apply to all persons in Canada with disabilities whether visible or invisible, and whether temporary or permanent. The CDA will ensure accessibility, inclusion and equal opportunity for all Canadians with disabilities, allowing them to live to their full potential.
The Blusson Integrated Cures Partnership (BICP) is a collaboration between RHF, RHI and ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries). The purpose of this Partnership is to strengthen and grow the collaboration between these organizations and to provide support and leadership to their international efforts to identify cures for people with SCI.
2015 has been a busy year for RHI’s Cure and Care programs, both led by active and engaged program advisory committees. Dr. Brian Kwon has accepted a second term as Chair of the Cure Advisory Committee and Dr. Catharine Craven has begun her first term as Chair of the Care Advisory Committee.
Here are some highlights from each program. For more detailed information about all program activities, please refer to RHI’s Annual Report for fiscal years 2014-2015.