Alex Lytwyn

Freelance contributor

Alex Lytwyn is a Manitoba business owner and hockey video co-ordinator who lives with cerebral palsy. He is also an ambassador with Manitoba Possible, which provides programs and services for persons with disabilities in the province.

Latest from Alex Lytwyn

First Person

My service dog changed my life, and then the unthinkable happened

"Fanta, my service dog, filled my soul with optimism, happiness and independence. And then the unthinkable happened: My dearest Fanta got sick," writes Alex Lytwyn.
First Person

How passion for hockey helped a Manitoban with cerebral palsy confront society's reaction to him

Alex Lytwyn, who lives with cerebral palsy, says because of his physical disability, "people did not expect a lot from me." But he found the ability to overcome challenges and recognize true success — thanks to his passion for hockey.

Survival of the weakest: Manitobans with disabilities left without services, writes Alex Lytwyn

The phrase, "You don't know what you have 'til it’s gone" is more than just a saying for Alex Lytwyn, who writes that provincially funded services for him and other adults with disabilities are often taken away when they're needed most.

Manitoba makes life in a wheelchair difficult, Alex Lytwyn writes

In Manitoba, if you’re disabled and hungry, you’d better be good at sitting still and catching flies, because that’s all they want a disabled person to do or eat, writes Alex Lytwyn.

Province must spend more to show Manitobans with disabilities where the heart is: At home

Most housing available to those on low incomes or with disabilities is located in neighbourhoods that aren’t safe. And it makes no sense. Why put those who can’t defend themselves in danger?

Manitoba's Vulnerable Persons Act: Only a select few protected

There are people whose disabilities limit their physical functioning, who need help to get the most out of their lives. I am one of them, and I am vulnerable. It’s time for the province to “act” responsible, and extend Manitoba’s Vulnerable Persons Act to cover all people who need it.

Lessons on how to converse with the disabled

The fact that people speak to able-bodied individuals differently than they speak to the disabled, well it’s wrong.

Life in the instant world for those who must wait

[As someone with cerebral palsy], the word ‘wait’ has major meaning in my life. People out there with no patience, who need everything right now, listen to this:

First interactions bridge gap created by disability

Alex Lytwyn, 28, has cerebral palsy and argues if someone doesn’t look or speak the way our culture is accustomed to, saying hello might not feel appropriate. Here, he explores why.

Advice to candidates for winning the vote from people with disabilities

Voting to put someone into office can fill a person with plenty of emotions and questions.