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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Dating tips for PWD and that anyone can use

Dating tips for PWD and that anyone can use

In a previous column, I talked about some of the challenges that many PWD face regarding dating and relationships. Shortly after I wrote that, I began thinking that I should also add some positivity to the subject, or at the very least, offer some tips on how to meet that special someone(s). Before [...]

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A look back at when I ran for Mayor in 2018

A look back at when I ran for Mayor in 2018

October 22nd, 2020, will mark two years since the 2018 Ottawa Municipal Election was held. For those that may not be aware, I was one of the candidates that ran for Mayor. With the anniversary coming up, I figured that I would take the opportunity to talk about my experiences being a person with a disability [...]

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Shining a positive light on Personal Support Workers

Shining a positive light on Personal Support Workers

As I sit here and write this, it’s Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada. I figured that it would be the perfect time for me to discuss one of the things that I’m very thankful for. This week, I’ll be talking about Personal Support Workers. The short form, and the term that I find is used [...]

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Perceptions & misconceptions part two: Love shouldn’t disable us

Perceptions & misconceptions part two: Love shouldn’t disable us

Dating, in general, can be difficult. It can be incredibly challenging if you’re a person with a disability. This week, in part two of my two-part series about perceptions and misconceptions regarding people with disabilities (PWD), we’re going to talk about dating, relationships, and some [...]

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Perceptions & misconceptions: We may be different, but we're just like you

Perceptions & misconceptions: We may be different, but we're just like you

What’s your first thought when you come across a person using a wheelchair or another mobility device? Do you think of us as just another person, or do you view us as less or more of a person only because we appear and do things differently? In part one of a two-part series, I’ll be taking [...]

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To whom it may concern — An open letter to the restless ones

To whom it may concern — An open letter to the restless ones

Above: I'm asking Ottawans to stay home in order to keep everyone safe. To whom it may concern: Hello, my name is Ryan Lythall, and I’m a person with a physical disability. Being physically disabled, I’m susceptible to getting COVID, more so than most because a large part of my disability [...]

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Becoming wheelchair accessible — some assembly NOT required

Becoming wheelchair accessible — some assembly NOT required

Above: Bank Street businesses that have integrated accessible entrances by creating a slopping incline from the sidewalk to the doorway. When I was younger, most of my weekends consisted of going to bars and nightclubs. Ottawa’s long-time residents may remember such places as Grand Central, Zaphod [...]

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Special Education — The silence that speaks volumes

Special Education — The silence that speaks volumes

For the past few months, we’ve all seen or heard about kids going back to school. Most of the talk has been about parents, teachers, and students regarding Covid-19. Issues such as how to teach your child to wear a mask, physical distance, wash their hands, what day(s) they’ll be attending [...]

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Adaptive Technology: Making life easier in a world driven by technology

Adaptive Technology: Making life easier in a world driven by technology

Technology plays an integral part in our lives. Everything from smart cars, watches, phones, tablets, computers, and other devices used to make our lives easier, keep us connected and informed. Let’s face it, without technology, and you wouldn’t be reading this right now, at least not online. [...]

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Para Transpo: The never ending battle for a smoother ride — part two

Para Transpo: The never ending battle for a smoother ride — part two

In this second part of a two-part series on Para Transpo, I’ll be discussing the fare structure, issues surrounding the use of the Presto card, and other concerns. Plus, I’ll talk about ParaParity, a local advocacy group. Para Transpo Fare Para Transpo users have a few options when it [...]

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