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🗣️ WHAT’S HAPPENING? Come to the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 20th November 2019 to hear accessibility expert Graham Armfield, of Coolfields Consulting, explain how to make your website accessible. The event starts at 7pm. There will be a social to carry on discussions and network after the meeting for any attendees who wish to go to it. Outline: With legal cases like the recent one involving Dominos Pizza in the US, focus is sharpening now around ensuring that your own website, or your clients’ websites have a good level of accessibility. But if you’re building a site using WordPress for yourself – or someone else – how do you go about ensuring its accessibility? Is just following the WordPress accessibility themes guidelines enough? When is the right stage to think about accessibility? In this presentation, I will be pulling together all the different threads that make up accessible WordPress sites, and compiling them into a useful accessibility checklist that can be used on any project. Speaker: Graham Armfield, Coolfields Consulting Working as a Web Accessibility Consultant, Graham runs his own company Coolfields Consulting. He works with organisations to help them improve the accessibility of their websites – testing the websites for accessibility, and advising the designers and developers on how to fix issues found. He has written detailed training courses on accessibility for developers which he presents on a regular basis. He’s also a WordPress developer, and has built many accessible WordPress websites for clients – both large and small. He has contributed to the Make WordPress Accessible Team and speaks on accessibility at WordCamps and WordPress MeetUps. He has also supported the WordCamp London 2019 team in a review of website accessibility. Outside of work you’re likely to find him playing his guitar, recording his next album or performing at local open mic evenings. 🏕️ WHO CAN ATTEND? Most of our attendees come from Hampshire (including the Isle of Wight) and West Sussex. The venue has free parking. All levels of experience of WordPress and website publishing welcome. We are a learning and development group. We welcome WordPress beginners. Spaces are limited. Please sign-up if you really do intend to attend the MeetUp. If you are new to the group, please can you complete your MeetUp profile to help us plan topics. ⏱ AGENDA • 7.00pm - Meet and great - Networking • 7.30pm - How to build and accessible theme with Graham Armfield, @coolfields • 8:45pm - Wrap up • 9pm - Chat and informal networking at The Sovereign pub, next door to our meeting venue. • Keep up to date on this event and others on the WordPress Pompey website https://www.wp-pompey.org.uk/ 🍕REFRESHMENTS Catch up with the WordPress community in Hampshire and West Sussex and enjoy refreshments. Please let us know when you book if you have any special dietary restrictions. This information will only be used to help arrange refreshments. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION • The event venue is a University of Portsmouth building and is accessible for wheelchair users • Find us on Twitter @wppompey or connect with us on your web related topic ideas using #wppompey https://twitter.com/wppompey • If you would like to help organise the WordPress Portsmouth MeetUp, offer a talk or sponsor an event, let us know in the #meetup-portsmouth Slack channel for the UK WordPress community. 🏢 SPONSORS Thank you to our sponsors 34sp.com and redIT.co.uk for supporting us. Attendees at the event will receive details of special hosting discounts. Thanks to Non Stop Business Support, Bobbing Wide, and Drew Westcott for their in-kind sponsorship of this WordPress MeetUp.