Weekend Plans: Apply to Speak at WP Accessibility Day

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Have you got big weekend plans? How about applying to speak at WordPress Accessibility Day 2022! 

WordPress Accessibility Day is a free, 24-hour online event scheduled to start at 15:00 UTC (11:00 US Eastern, 8:00 US Pacific) on Wednesday, November 2nd. The conference will be held virtually so you can present from anywhere worldwide.

What we’re looking for:

Full-Length Talks

Full-length talks will occupy an entire hour. Within that hour, you should plan on about 40 minutes to present and 10 minutes for questions from the audience. We’ll be leaving space for a 10-minute break between talks.

Lightning Talks

Have a focused talk you’d love to share in under 15 minutes? That’s awesome, too! We’re planning on dedicating a few hours to lightning talks. Each talk will be kept to 15 minutes with no questions from the audience.


If you want to submit a panel discussion with a group of speakers, that could be super cool! We expect panel discussions to be 50 minutes long with questions throughout.

Do speakers get paid for speaking?

Yes! All speakers will get a modest honorarium. The honorariums are being supported by our generous contributors. The amount will depend on where our final fundraising lands, but speakers will be paid for their time.

In addition to payment, speakers will also have a profile with a backlink to their website on the WordPress Accessibility Day website and will be promoted on social media.

Other things to know:

Here are some other important things to know about speaking at WordPress Accessibility Day:

  • We will provide an accessible speaking experience – the presentation platform will be screen reader-friendly, and we will have captions and sign language interpretation available for speakers as needed.
  • You don’t have to have speaking experience! We would love to have first-time speakers present and can support you in presenting as needed.
  • You don’t have to be an “expert” or have any special certifications. Anyone with something to share related to accessibility on the web or in WordPress is invited to apply. You can share your journey learning about accessibility or your experience as a person with a disability even if you don’t think you’ve reached the end of that journey yet.
  • Your topic doesn’t have to be explicitly WordPress related. While we want some talks specific to WordPress and want to encourage developer-level presentations, not all talks need to be specific to WordPress. General website accessibility talks with broad applications for websites of all types and people of all levels of technical abilities are welcome.

If you have an idea for a talk to share your knowledge or experiences about the intersection of WordPress and accessibility, we’d love to hear it! Need some ideas for talks? Check out the 2020 event agenda.