Coming up next (October 06, 2021): David McDonald

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Our next webisode will feature David MacDonald, president of CanAdapt and an 18 year veteran with the WCAG Working group. David will discuss what’s new in WCAG 2.2 and will also be on hand for a mini-AMA about WCAG, so bring those hard questions that keep you up at night!

David MacDonald

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