Ryan Lythall

Long-time advocate for people with disabilities. Most of my focus has been centred around wheelchair accessibility, and improving public transportation for people with disabilities.

In 2018, I decided to run for Mayor of Ottawa. One of my reasons for running was because I felt that Ottawa hasn’t done nearly enough in terms of wheelchair accessibility, and treating those with disabilities fairly. I still feel that way today, and I will continue to use my voice to speak out, and try to improve things.

In my spare time, I love listening to music, watching movies & TV, and being with my friends. I also enjoy reading comics, thrift shopping, and in  general being a geek. Active on Social Media as well.

Since September 2019, I’ve been writing a monthly column for Centretown Buzz about topics regarding people with disabilities. I look forward to bringing further awareness to all corners of Ottawa, and beyond.

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A look back at when I ran for mayor.

A look back at when I ran for mayor.

ABOVE: Ryan Lythall makes his pitch for the city's top job during a 2018 interview with CBC. (Photo: cbc.ca) With the municipal election fast approaching, I figured this would be an excellent opportunity to talk about my experience running (or rolling) in the 2018 municipal election. As [...]

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An open letter regarding public transportation for PWD to those running for office.

An open letter regarding public transportation for PWD to those running for office.

With this year’s edition of the Ottawa Transit Challenge still relatively fresh in our minds, I wanted to take the time to highlight some of the ongoing concerns that Para Transpo users face. I’m also hoping that some of the local councillors, new candidates, and other participants who are [...]

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How the Ottawa Transit Challenge continues to fall short of addressing PWD’s concerns

How the Ottawa Transit Challenge continues to fall short of addressing PWD’s concerns

ABOVE: Tweets from Transit riders participating in the 2022 Ottawa Transit Challenge. Now, imagine the reactions if these people were wheelchair-bound and forced to use ParaTranspo/ In 2019, the Ottawa Transit Riders, a local advocacy group pushing for better public transportation, came up with [...]

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Trying to survive in a broken system can be costly.

Trying to survive in a broken system can be costly.

ABOVE: As a result of the government-appointed agency leaving Ryan Lythall helpless, his friends suggest he start a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the caregivers he must have to live on his own. Recently, I had a big meeting regarding the shortage of caregivers. Over the past two or three months, [...]

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The end of summer can only mean on thing for some PWD.

The end of summer can only mean on thing for some PWD.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Kids and adults are returning to school and, for some, back to work. The days are getting shorter and cooler at night. Yup! summer’s almost over, at least according to the calendar. With all the crazy weather events we’ve experienced lately, perhaps [...]

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Stop punishing PWD and seniors for the mess you made

Stop punishing PWD and seniors for the mess you made

Last week, I talked about Doug Ford wanting to force PWD and seniors into long-term care (LTC) homes. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a few days following the announcement, he said that those who refused to be transferred to a LTC would be forced to pay the costs of continuing to stay in a hospital. [...]

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PWD & seniors have rights too, and Doug Ford needs to be reminded

PWD & seniors have rights too, and Doug Ford needs to be reminded

Last week, I came close to needing to go to the hospital. I wasn’t sick. One of my evening caregivers called in sick, and nobody was available to work. I was notified just as I was about to head out. To be fair, the people in charge of managing the staff had no idea I was heading out that day. [...]

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Rolling on the floor laughing my wheels off

Rolling on the floor laughing my wheels off

— a review of wheelchair accessibility at Yuk Yuks Ottawa Recently, I had the chance to check out Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa. When I posted that I was going on social media, a few of my friends and followers were surprised. The reason for that is because up until last year, Yuk Yuk’s was located [...]

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How are we supposed to feel safe when our healthcare system is on life support?

How are we supposed to feel safe when our healthcare system is on life support?

We’re living in scary and dangerous times. We’ve been bombarded with news about our broken healthcare system for far too long. Topics range from level zero paramedic service, long wait times in the ER, temporary closures of ERs and ICU in smaller hospitals, and severe nursing shortages, [...]

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The Access 2 Card: A PWD’s ticket to fun in some places

The Access 2 Card: A PWD’s ticket to fun in some places

On Friday, I checked out Banksy 360°, which is at the Aberdeen Pavillion, until October 7th, 2022. The immersive experience is fantastic. I highly recommend checking it out if you can. If you’re a PWD, the event space is very wheelchair accessible. I had tons of space to roll around and [...]

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