Illustrations of David Fourney

David Fourney

Advisor – Sr. Consultant

David Fourney is a Senior Consultant with a specialization in Lived Experience (Deaf) at Accessibility Partners. He holds an impressive background in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University, where he focused on Accessible Design, alongside Master and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

David brings over 15 years of expertise in Information Communications Technology and Accessibility, acting as a Subject Matter Expert in Assistive Technology. His duties include testing, design, advising, and providing remediation solutions, dedicating 70% or more of his time to projects as required.

An acclaimed and published expert in accessible software design and user experience, David possesses profound knowledge of various disability types and accessibility standards, including WCAG 2.0/2.1 and EN 301 549. His experience spans multiple sectors, including banking and municipal government, where he has consistently supported and advanced digital accessibility.

David is also actively involved in contributing to and developing internationally accepted accessibility standards. His professional certifications include CPWA accreditation from the IAAP. David is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

David Fourney Blog's

In today's rapidly evolving urban landscape, the integration of accessible features into new and modern buildings has become a standard practice. However, there is often a significant gap in this progressive approach when it comes to our cherished heritage buildings. These historical structures, rich with cultural and architectural significance, frequently lag in accessibility. As we strive for a more inclusive society, it is crucial to explore and implement innovative solutions that make these historic buildings accessible to everyone. 
Accessibility is fast becoming one of the core service pillars of government organizations and businesses. Now more than ever, organizations work to ensure that their spaces serve people with disabilities respectfully and comfortably. This shift is due to the advocacy of various disability groups, growing social consciousness, and accessibility laws such as the ADA, AODA, and ACA. Embarking on the accessibility journey can be daunting for beginners, but having a prudent accessibility plan is the key.
Disability affects many Canadians. Over 22% currently have a disability and this figure increases to 38% for those over 65. With 1.85 million Ontarians affected, the prevalence of disability is expected to grow from one in six today to one in five in the next 20 years. These numbers will have an increasing influence on many Canadians as they consider the accessibility of businesses and services, often influenced by family members or friends with disabilities.
In a world where inclusivity is paramount, architecture stands as a silent yet powerful force shaping the accessibility of our built environments. It goes beyond just creating visually stunning structures; innovative architecture holds the potential to break down physical barriers and foster a more inclusive society. 
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) mandates that organizations in Ontario create accessible environments for all individuals, regardless of their physical and mental capabilities. Understanding the legal obligations under AODA is crucial for businesses, non-profits, and public sector organizations. Equally important is being aware of the consequences of non-compliance, which can include financial penalties. This blog outlines these obligations and the potential penalties that organizations could face if they fail to adhere to the standards set by AODA.
For many organizations, particularly small businesses and non-profits, the costs associated with becoming compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) can seem daunting. However, a variety of funding opportunities and resources are available to help ease this burden. This blog outlines key sources of financial support and guidance that can assist organizations in meeting AODA standards.