“I feel like there’s such ignorance around disability, so people infantilize you.” This quote is from the brilliant and brutally honest Ryan O’Connell and speaks to people’s inability to see people with disabilities as fully autonomous and capable individuals. This is why Ryan has been so successful. His career has been based on the fact that he is honest, so honest that sometimes he doesn’t realize how honest he’s being in his writing until he finishes it.
Ryan made a name for himself through his (mostly) autobiographical, charming and witty writing for publication Thought Catalog. Sample titles include, “I Hate My Body (JK?),” “Coming Out Of The Disabled Closet” and “The Divide Between Gay Men And Straight Women.” From Thought Catalog he was able to take his career to the next level by writing and releasing his first book, “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” Following his book release, Ryan made yet another pivot and become a TV writer / executive story editor. His TV resume includes Awkward., Will & Grace and Daytime Divas.
Today, Ryan achieved a major milestone: A Netflix television series. Debuting on April 12th, it showcases the highs and the lows of being gay and having cerebral palsy.
Make sure to check out his unique take on life and spam Ryan to tell him that Thomas from Uncensored Visionary wants to interview him.Check out him out on his Instagram page and Twitter page.