Now, 25 years later (plus three days), Hansen will arrive back in to Ottawa on Oct. 26 with the Man in Motion 25th anniversary tour. No, the 54-year-old isn’t again wheeling around the world himself, but instead 7,000 “difference-makers” who have contributed to the organization’s goals will complete a relay of the original route.
“It’s absolutely phenomenal having the chance to have gone back to different countries around the world where we were 25 years ago to measure progress and recognize difference-makers who have helped to make the world more accessible and inclusive,” Hansen reflects.
“You see curb cuts, accessible wheelchair parking places, ramps, audible crosswalks in places where people with disabilities are being included in all walks of life – buildings built not just for basic accessibility, but with the concept of including people to be full participants.
“It doesn’t mean we don’t have a long way to go, but it means we’ve accomplished things and there’s successes worthy of celebration.”