Announcing the first WordPress Accessibility Day!

Starting at 18:00 UTC on October 2nd, 2020, the WordPress AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( Team will sponsor a 24-hour online event focused on WordPress and Accessibility. If you want to learn about the future of accessibility in WordPress, join us for 24 hours of mind-expanding online learning!

We anticipate opening for speaker submissions within the next two weeks, where we’ll be looking for speakers who want to explore a wide variety of topics, including

  • theme accessibility,
  • pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party accessibility,
  • accessibility testing,
  • writing and managing accessible content,
  • the future of WordPress accessibility,
  • WordPress and ATAG (Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines),
  • current and upcoming accessibility standards (WCAGWCAG WCAG is an acronym for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are helping make sure the internet is accessible to all people no matter how they would need to access the internet (screen-reader, keyboard only, etc) 2.2, WCAG 3), and
  • assistive technologies.

Follow along at WP Accessibility Day, where we’ll be publishing our call for speakers, call for sponsors, and all sorts of information about our plans for the day!

To learn more, join members of the organizing team for an online panel discussion of WordPress Accessibility and the event on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 – Global Accessibility Awareness Day. We’ll chat about accessibility, talk about the event, and answer your questions.  Share your questions on our Twitter account @WPAccessibility or send an email through the WP Accessibility Day contact form. Time and venue yet to be determined – sign up for the WP Accessibility Day email list to be notified about the panel!

Do you want to help organize WordPress Accessibility Day? We can use more volunteers! We’re currently meeting every Wednesday at 16:30 UTC in the #accessibility-events SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel – join us if you want to help!