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Virtual meetups on making WordPress websites accessible with live captions. This meetup has been officially approved for Continuing Accessibility Education Credits for maintaining Website Accessibility Specialist (WAS) and Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

About Us & Our Events
We're a global group of WordPress developers, designers, and users interested in building more accessible websites. Join us twice per month for meetups on a variety of topics related to making WordPress websites that can be used by people of all abilities.

Meetups are held on the first Thursday of the month at 8 AM U.S. pacific time and on the third Monday of the month at 5 PM U.S. pacific time. All groups are held virtually via Zoom so you can join from anywhere. All meetups are live captioned and some have ASL interpretation. We encourage speakers to verbally describe imagery for people who cannot see the presentation.

Get Recaps & Stay Connected
To get email reminders about events and notices meetup recording as available post-event, join our email list.

In between meetups, we invite you to connect with other attendees and members to discuss WordPress accessibility in our Facebook Group.

You can find presentation recordings and transcripts on the Equalize Digital meetup webpage.

Sponsors
Thank you to our sponsors for covering the cost of transcription, live captions, and ASL interpreters:

Interested in speaking?
We'd love to hear what you have to say and learn more about how you use WordPress to build accessible websites! Send the lead organizer, Amber Hinds, a message with your talk idea.

Code of Conduct
Please note that this group is a welcoming space for all and all members must follow the WordPress Online Code of Conduct. By joining our group, you agree to abide by these guidelines. If you have concerns that the Online Code of Conduct is not being followed, please contact an organizer.

Upcoming events (4+)

Making Accessible WordPress Websites in the Full Site Editor: Danielle Zarcaro

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This new phase of WordPress development brings some built-in accessibility features and new and exciting ways to give users options within specifics that you set. This also means there are new things you need to know in order to make sure you’re developing accessible websites. We’ll go over some general concepts, some code examples, and the new features and challenges in front of us.

About the Speaker:
Danielle partners with agencies, entrepreneurs, and large & medium business owners in complementary fields to implement their marketing plans and strategies, specializing in custom WordPress websites.

Along with developing websites for agencies and small businesses, Danielle has a passion for helping entrepreneurs finish their websites so they can start making money.

Want to speak? Contact an organizer with your topic idea so we can get you on the calendar.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Event Details:
This meetup will be held at U.S. 5 PM Pacific which is 7 PM U.S. Central, and 10 AM AEST and 5:30 AM IST the next day.
RSVP to receive the link.

Accessibility & Accommodations:
This meetup will be held virtually over Zoom and live captioned, thanks to sponsorship from WP Engine. Slide links will be provided when applicable and presenters are encouraged to make slides as accessible as possible with alternative text for images, etc.

We're working to secure sponsors so that we can offer ASL interpretation.

All are welcome to attend. If you need specific accommodations to make this meetup work for you, please contact an organizer and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Code of Conduct:
Please note that this group is a welcoming space for all and all members must follow the WordPress Online Code of Conduct.

By RSVPing to this meetup, you agree to abide by these guidelines. If you have concerns that the Online Code of Conduct is not being followed, please contact an organizer.

Training Screen Reader User Testers: Nick Corbett

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Screen reader user testers capable of accurately communicating accessibility findings to developers are an essential part of any digital accessibility team. And, when those screen reader user testers are daily users of screen reading software, their findings represent real-world accessibility reporting about issues experienced by all screen reader users. With the Carroll Center for the Blind-taught screen reader user testers, they are producing a perfect manual testing complement to existing automated accessibility audit tools. Their graduates are trained across Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android environments, using JAWS, NVDA, Narrator, VoiceOver, and Talkback to analyze online content against the WCAG 2.1 standards.

Screen reader user testing is a transformative career path for blind and low vision (BVI) screen reader users with great potential for reducing unemployment, increasing wages, and producing a more inclusive digital world for all. Join Nick Corbett, Accessibility, Training, and Research Coordinator, as he discusses the Screen Reader User Tester Training (SRUTT) Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind. You’ll hear how this program addresses the evolving need for persons with these professional skills, while at the same time creating meaningful career opportunities for BVI job-seekers**.**

About the Speaker:
Nicholas Corbett has been with the Carroll Center since 2017, when he joined its Rehabilitation team as a Technology Skills Instructor and Project Specialist. In 2021, he transitioned into the role of Accessibility Training and Research Coordinator. Nicholas is an advanced user and instructor of accessibility software across Microsoft, Google, and Apple products, and he enables others to communicate with language that can be understood by users and developers of digital resources; thereby, promoting employment and opportunities in the digital accessibility space for people with visual impairments.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Event Details:
This meetup will be held at U.S. 8 AM Pacific which is 10 AM U.S. Central, 4 PM in the UK, and 8:30 PM IST.

RSVP to receive the link.

Accessibility & Accommodations:
This meetup will be held virtually over Zoom and live captioned, thanks to sponsorship from WP Engine. Slide links will be provided when applicable and presenters are encouraged to make slides as accessible as possible with alternative text for images, etc.

We're working to secure sponsors so that we can offer ASL interpretation.

All are welcome to attend. If you need specific accommodations to make this meetup work for you, please contact an organizer and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Code of Conduct:
Please note that this group is a welcoming space for all and all members must follow the WordPress Online Code of Conduct.

By RSVPing to this meetup, you agree to abide by these guidelines. If you have concerns that the Online Code of Conduct is not being followed, please contact an organizer.

Basic Accessibility Testing: Glen Walker

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In this presentation, Glen will show some simple things you can do to catch accessibility issues. We'll cover testing using a screen reader, the keyboard, and a few other tools. When it comes to basic accessibility testing, you don't have to be a WCAG expert to find accessibility issues.

About the Speaker:
Glen Walker is an accessibility specialist with 15 years of experience working in the accessibility field. Glen has his Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) and Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) certifications from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). He's also very active on various accessibility forums and often gives presentations at accessibility conferences.

Glen's background is technical, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He worked as a software engineer for many years before applying those skills to remediate accessibility issues. In addition to technical experience, Glen has worked with designers for over two decades so understands the aesthetic side of accessibility.

Glen lives in beautiful northern Utah with his "United Nations mix" family, including children from the US, China, Thailand, and a daughter-in-law from Mexico. He loves to hike the mountains that are only a 15-minute walk from his house.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Event Details:
This meetup will be held at U.S. 5 PM Pacific which is 7 PM U.S. Central, and 10 AM AEST and 5:30 AM IST the next day.

RSVP to receive the link.

Accessibility & Accommodations:
This meetup will be held virtually over Zoom and live captioned, thanks to sponsorship from WP Engine. Slide links will be provided when applicable, and presenters are encouraged to make slides as accessible as possible with alternative text for images, etc.

We're working to secure sponsors so that we can offer ASL interpretation.

All are welcome to attend. If you need specific accommodations to make this meetup work for you, please contact an organizer, and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Code of Conduct:
Please note that this group is a welcoming space for all, and all members must follow the WordPress Online Code of Conduct.

By RSVPing to this meetup, you agree to abide by these guidelines. If you have concerns that the Online Code of Conduct is not being followed, please contact an organizer.

Transcriptions Beyond Accessibility Compliance: Daniel Sommer

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*More information coming soon*

About the Speaker:
Daniel Sommer is a co-founder of Empire Captions Solutions. In this role, he is able to combine his professional experience as a classical musician, educator, captionist, and tech project manager with his passion for collaboration, language, education, Universal Design for Learning, and technology.

As a project manager, Daniel has worked with companies in and outside the accessibility industry to develop web & mobile applications, custom workflows utilizing artificial intelligence and automation, and training materials.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Event Details:
This meetup will be held at U.S. 8 AM Pacific which is 10 AM U.S. Central, 4 PM in the UK, and 8:30 PM IST.
RSVP to receive the link.

Accessibility & Accommodations:
This meetup will be held virtually over Zoom and live captioned, thanks to sponsorship from WP Engine. Slide links will be provided when applicable, and presenters are encouraged to make slides as accessible as possible with alternative text for images, etc.

We're working to secure sponsors so that we can offer ASL interpretation.

All are welcome to attend. If you need specific accommodations to make this meetup work for you, please contact an organizer, and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Code of Conduct:
Please note that this group is a welcoming space for all, and all members must follow the WordPress Online Code of Conduct.

By RSVPing to this meetup, you agree to abide by these guidelines. If you have concerns that the Online Code of Conduct is not being followed, please contact an organizer.

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