I am passionate about using universal design practices to make inclusive, accessible spaces that can be enjoyed by all. I combine my knowledge of best practices with my lived experience to build empathy and understanding across disciplines. Prior to devoting myself to accessibility consulting, I built an extensive career in IT operations and administration. I have a keen understanding of systemic design and how small changes can have big impacts.
As someone with multiple disabilities, I have learned a lot about how to live in a not-so-accessible world. I am using that knowledge and my training to help create change in the built environment. I am a passionate advocate of accessibility, health and wellness, and human rights. I firmly believe working to make the world more inclusive is important for quality of life, equity, and equality.
I have consulted on projects in several Canadian provinces and carry various certifications to work outside of Alberta. I live in the greater Edmonton area, but I am open to remote/virtual work as well as travel. Let’s work together!
- Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified professional (RHFAC) with Rick Hansen Foundation of Canada
- Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) with International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) (in progress – completion expected February 2022)
- Certified Fitwel Ambassador with Fitwel Certification System USA
- Certified Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act with Accessibility Services Canada, Canada
- Rick Hansen Accessibility Professional Network
- International Association of Accessibility Professionals
- Focus Disability Network Society
“After seeing Jayde’s amazing insight and fantastic presentation skills I invited her to join the team of subject matter experts at Sustainable Buildings Canada’s Savings By Design program that provides up to $100,000 in incentives to projects exceeding Ontario Building Code.
Jayde is professional, reliable, and very knowledgeable about accessibility. Her own lived experience provides a depth and breadth of knowledge, which is complemented by her ability to apply and go beyond codes and standards. She is constantly learning and adding to her expertise. What I admire most about Jayde is her ability to provide accessibility reviews and recommendations that are well founded, easy to comprehend and implement, and truly take the occupants current and future needs into account, providing dignity, comfort and true accessibility.”
Bettina Hoar (she/her), CEO & Sustainability Facilitator, Sage Living Toronto
“Jayde Malam of Beautifully Inclusive is incredibly well equipped to provide the expertise and recommendations needed, not only for accessibility, but for inclusion for all people. With her lived experience and extensive knowledge, Jayde is my most trusted source. Not only does she have the knowledge, she is also able to translate it in a kind and thoughtful manner, making it a truly positive experience for all.”
Donna Kawahara (she/her), Founder, Inspired MountainGirl
“I was not only impressed by how knowledgeable and passionate Jayde is about all the accessibility challenges that come along with different types of disabilities, but I was also BLOWN AWAY at how much she prides herself on going above and beyond the bare minimum code in everything she’s involved in—including taking the time to educate me on why breaking down areas of exclusion for people with disabilities is so important. It was genuinely impressive (and I mean seriously cool) how she was able to take the most problematic areas and turn them into some of the most appreciated parts of the space by everyone. The cherry on top of working with Jayde is that she’s one of the most amazing, reliable and easy-to-get-along-with people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
Matthew Smith, Co-founder Modern Gravity