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Endorsements from our clients and colleagues

  David was a valuable contributor to the development of the Web Contents Accessibility Guidelines... He is committed, reliable, and hard working.
Loretta Guarino Reid, Accessibility at Google Inc., Co-chair WCAG 2.0


  David, I'm truly pleased with the work you did on the Futurpreneur project. Your review is extremely thorough, the explanations are clear and supported, and the way you summarize the information by multiple levels of failure and criticality is what makes the audit truly valuable to me. It is extremely easy for me to relay the essentials to my client.
Steve Combes, Broadview Station

  I have worked with David since he joined the WCAG Working Group in 2002. One of the most productive members, has worked tirelessly ... authored innumerable techniques, failures, prototypes, examples. He is innovative ... solutions based on real world test cases that he and his colleagues performed/researched - to address some of WCAGs most challenging issues. David truly is a world expert on Accessibility and web access.
Katie Haritos-Shea, WCAG Invited Expert, IAAP Certification Committee.
 I highly recommend David for web accessibility. He has a pragmatic approach that combines a deep knowledge of what makes web sites accessible and usable by people with disabilities with an understanding of the constraints and realities of web design. He will look for the best access techniques for a site that will provide the best experience for all users.
Gregg Vanderheiden, Director, Trace Research Center, UW Madison, Co-chair WCAG 2.0
 This was the best, most succinct, entertaining explanation of WCAG I've ever heard.
Alf Spencer, Director, Outreach and Strategic Initiatives Branch, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO)


  David’s demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities are invaluable to the team.
Bruce Bailey, US Access Board, Section 508, WCAG team member

  David worked collaboratively with our web team to ensure our web site and mobile app are as accessible as possible to all our stakeholders. He was extremely easy to work with and communicated clearly in every aspect of the project. We appreciated his flexibility, hard work, communications skills, and his expert knowledge of WCAG.
Kalie Sinclair, Senior Coordinator, Digital & Social Media, Canadian Paralympic Committee


 David is an expert in his field and a valued contributor in the area of Accessibility.
Don Evans, America Online (AOL)
  David, I'm truly pleased with the work you did on the Futurpreneur project. Your review is extremely thorough, the explanations are clear and supported, and the way you summarize the information by multiple levels of failure and criticality is what makes the audit truly valuable to me. It is extremely easy for me to relay the essentials to my client.
Steve Combes, Broadview Station
  NRCan and Earth Sciences sector have been very pleased with the prime resource on our contract in the person of David MacDonald. He is a highly skilled professional who combines technical excellence with solid soft skills. We have been very pleased with his training, coaching and WCAG validation deliverables.
Brian McCleod, GeoAccess Division, Development and Architecture Natural Resources Canada Federal Government
  David provided expert accssibility advice relating to the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2 and helped Vision Australia to develop our own expertise in testing against the new requirments. His work was of high quality and very reasonably priced
  • Service Category: Accessibility consulting
  • Year first hired: 2008
  • Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Brian Harty, director of Vision Australia web accessibility initiative
  This was the best, most succinct, entertaining explanation of WCAG I've ever heard.
Alf Spencer, AODA committee, Government of Ontario, responsible for implementing WCAG
  We are previleged to have a world expert with us ... it was an entertaining, engaging, informative, excellent depth of knowlege of Web Accessbility.
Karen Coffey, AODA DIversity Advisor, Algonquin College
  As an invited expert to the WCAG working group, David is of course extremely skilled at Web accessibility. He is always willing to take on assignments and meets his commitments for getting them done. He also has another very important strength. His unique combination of passion, practical experience, and willingness to understand another point of view make him a terrific team player and consensus builder. I have the highest regard for David and welcome any opportunity to work with him.
Andi Snow-Weaver , Accessibility Standards Program Manager, IBM
  Extremely informative and eye-opening. This seminar should be mandatory for senior management.
Sylvie Niman, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
  It's important that upper management understand the impact of the AODA law on our web workload. Great instructor! Highly recommended!
University of Ottawa employee
  This is spot-on excellent... such rich experience and insight, supported by realtime demo. Presentation was clear, coherent and answers succinct and direct.

George Robertson, London Life
 Nice to be able to witness the experience of a person with a disability as they navigate a site.
University of Ottawa employee
  The demo (by a blind person using a screen reader) made me understand better why WCAG is important.
Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada employee
  I’m mostly a content provider but I do create or tweak pages so these tricks and tips will help me work with my webmaster in creating better, accessible pages.

University of Ottawa employee
  It's a rare opportunity to have someone from the WCAG team as a speaker, and such a privilege to be able to provide input that would impact (or be considered for) the WCAG standard directly.
Angela Jusuf, CBC
  Thanks again for training this week. The feedback from the team is very positive and they now feel ready to implement what they’ve learned.
Stephane Goeneau, Aimia/Aeroplan
  Most useful about the training was the ability to tailor the material to real-world projects and situations. Many of the examples provided can be applied directly to projects I'm working on.
Mike Leschart, CBC
  Following these guidelines will make our content more accessible to a wider range of people. Very interesting and well-organized.
Yanfei Ma, CIHI
 Our requirement for AODA compliance makes gaining this knowledge quickly - and from an authoritative source - table stakes for us. Good examples of standards compliance - makes the standard more practical.
Bob Tryon, London Life
  J'ai aimé et apprécié pouvoir obtenir des réponses à mes questions concernant l'accessibilité. L'instructeur avait une belle énergie et beaucoup de connaissance.
University of Ottawa employee
  Intimate knowledge of the WCAG by the instructor. An obvious expert on the subject.
Indar Bhola, London Life
  Fantastic: thank you! Inspirational. This course expands my knowledge-base and gives me usable tools to improve the corporate site. Also, opened my eyes to a bigger world.
Joel Bethell, CIHI
  Nice to be able to witness the experience of a person with a disability as they navigate a site.
University of Ottawa employee
  A 'must' mandatory workshop for UOttawa webmasters. It also greatly expanded my own technical knowledge.
University of Ottawa employee
  Exceeded expectations of what I wanted to bring to the team.

Kevin Hardy, Sr. Manager, Aimia - Aeroplan
 I test a lot of new web pages. This training will ensure that I know what to look for to make them meet the accessibility requirements.
David Ferguson, London Life
  “Walking through the checklist was very helpful in understanding where (the standard) applies.
Ken Young, London Life
  We're doing development, so the insights into techniques and the 'gotchas' are very useful.
Carlin Scuderi, London Life
  The checklist is great, and real life examples throughout the presentation help with understanding.
Sandra Hammond, London Life
  David did an excellent job relating the WCAG to our sites and then to the work we need to do to adhere to the WCAG. The material, the tools and interactive nature of the course was excellent.
Maria Haughian, London Life
  Very informative regarding tools that can be used for scanning/testing websites.
Georgeta Ciobanu, London Life
  We will be able to fix our templates with the knowledge we have gained in this workshop.”
City of Ottawa employee
  Thanks very much for the excellent WCAG training at Seneca College yesterday. It was very informative and clear. I’ve complimented you to our training department and will formally request content accessibility training as I think we’d have a big audience who should be familiar with these practices.
Brian Devins, Seneca College
  Most useful was the accessibility features in Word. It became apparent that many of my "habits" in Word prevent my documents from being accessible to all users.
Loyalist College employee
  Many useful tips and tools! Also, very good visual examples and a clear presentation of WCAG vs AODA.
University of Ottawa employee
  David, your patience and willingness to adapt to your audience’s needs was greatly appreciated. It was clear that you wanted to connect and ensure that the group moved forward at the same pace, while remaining mindful of individual circumstances. Thank you!
University of Ottawa employee
  The amount of take-away documents and reference guides was staggering. Having these tools means we can put our new knowledge immediately into action. David MacDonald is a rockstar in training for accessibility.
University of Ottawa employee
 You gave us a wonderful one-day workshop a month ago. The information you gave us has been of great use, and some colleagues and I have already benefited, as it is much more clear and easier to look at and understand some specific accessibility aspects.

Alfredo Figueroa, Aimia/Aeroplan
 I’m mostly a content provider but I do create or tweak pages so these tricks and tips will help me work with my webmaster in creating better, accessible pages.
University of Ottawa employee
  David has worked tirelessly as an advocate for persons with disabilities as a major contributing member of the WCAG working group. His priorities are clear. He is innovative, and has come up with interesting solutions - based on real world test cases that he and his colleagues performed/researched - to address some of WCAGs most challenging issues.
Katie Haritos-Shea, Invited Expert - Accessibility and Section 508 , W3C WCAG
  Dear David, we would like to thank you for the great service and excellent help you provided for all the members of the Embassy. The whole staff was truly satisfied and sometimes surprised of the easy steps that could be taken in order to improve our work stations. We all are more aware of how we sit and how we work, thanks to you. So once again, thank you very much.
Margrete Vollelv, Consular Officer, The Royal Norwegian Embassy
  David undertook for ADIO a nation-wide survey of the Canada's Assistive Device (AD industry, which was the first of its kind ... Thanks to this survey... the Government of Canada, gained a better understanding of both the size and nature of the Canadian AD industry ... David handled his dealings with these companies with the utmost delicacy and discretion, allaying their fears and obtaining more cooperation from them than would have been possible for a federal public servant ...David also contributed significantly to the creation of content for the Accessible Procurement Toolkit (APT) and its companion module, the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit ...its been has been required as part of the Procurement Policy of the European Union. The content David developed for the APT continues to be used on a daily basis both in Canada and around the world ... 420,105 visitors... In all of the work that he undertook for Industry Canada, David MacDonald proved to be meticulous in his research and highly professional in its organization and presentation. He has over the past decade built a well-deserved reputation for his innovative and exemplary approach to developing appropriate solutions for individuals, solutions that are both accessible and ergonomically sound. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a highly skilled professional in accessibility.
Deb. Finn, Business Development Officer, Industry Canada

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