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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My experience thusfar with trying to vote in the 2022 provincial election

My experience thusfar with trying to vote in the 2022 provincial election

Last week, I received my voters' card. At first glance, I saw the word Field House, and I assumed Elections Ontario was referring to the Bethell Field House, located at 166 Frank Street. This is where I typically vote, and I live about 10-15 minutes away, and generally, really easy for me to get [...]

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A few gentle reminders on what to do when you come across a PWD

A few gentle reminders on what to do when you come across a PWD

With warmer weather here and more people getting out and about, I figured that now would be a good time to remind people how to act around people with disabilities. I wish I could just say be kind and respectful to PWD and others in general. Sadly, that doesn’t happen as much as it should. Before [...]

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Feeling like a stranger in an able-bodied city

Feeling like a stranger in an able-bodied city

ABOVE: The crosswalk at Pretoria and Queen Elizabeth Driveway. (PHOTO: OLM STAFF) Let’s start with some good news. The warmer weather has finally arrived here in Ottawa, which means I’ve been out and about recently. That’s the good news. Shall we say the bad news or the [...]

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Sharing my recent struggles with anxiety due to the ongoing shortage of PSW

Sharing my recent struggles with anxiety due to the ongoing shortage of PSW

I’m hoping that the “Rolling Thunder” will be gone by the time this article comes out. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against protesting, and I do love motorcycles, but with the convoy/occupation still fresh in my mind, I was nervous when I first heard about Rolling Thunder. [...]

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With one roll at a time, we’ll get there eventually

With one roll at a time, we’ll get there eventually

In last week’s column, I gave detailed instructions on using the new My Para Transpo website. This week, I wanted to give a little insight and talk about my experiences with the My Para Transpo website. On February 21, 2020, online booking became a reality. In the beginning, the website seemed [...]

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How to use the new My Para Transpo website

How to use the new My Para Transpo website

I rarely get a chance to share good news regarding Para Transpo and for my fellow users. Last week, OC Transpo officially launched the My Para Transpo website. Through My Para Transpo, users of Para Transpo can do the following: Book trips for the next day, or seven days in advance for holidays. [...]

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BEING – an art studio that is giving a voice to the voiceless

BEING – an art studio that is giving a voice to the voiceless

ABOVE: No Leaves in Winter Hiding Inside Teapot by Ada Chan, Untitled work by Maggie Hart. For many artists worldwide, including locally, art is a form of expression. Art can allow someone to speak without the need to use words. Art has become a universal language, whether through dance, photography, [...]

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Attention city hall: Please stop ignoring Para Transpo riders

Attention city hall: Please stop ignoring Para Transpo riders

Last week, I took my first trip of 2022 on Para Transpo. While my experience on that day went smoothly, it’s not always the case. Having a positive experience with Para Transpo can almost be a reason to celebrate. For those who aren’t aware of what Para Transpo is, I’ll explain a [...]

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We’re different, but yet, we’re the same

We’re different, but yet, we’re the same

First of all, I want to thank you for the kind words and the congrats. For those who haven’t read last week’s article, I talked about leaving the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario 28 years ago after living there for 19 years. Throughout those 19 years, I moved around several times [...]

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28 years later: A look back at how I changed the system

28 years later: A look back at how I changed the system

ABOVE: Ryan Lythall holds the keys to his new apartment with CHEO nurse Lisa Rouleau. (Photo: Ottawa Sun, March 17, 1994) . . . but the fight continues. On March 16th, 2022, I celebrated my 28th anniversary of living independently. It wouldn’t be a big deal for most, but for me, well, [...]

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