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Accessibility Fellowship

The Accessibility Fellowship focuses on improving accessibility in WordPress by supporting contributors who are helping to make the WordPress project more accessible to people with disabilities. We are pleased to announce our first Accessibility Fellow will Alex Stine. Read more about Alex below.

Alex Stine was selected as the inaugural WPCC Accessibility Fellow as a result of his extensive experience as a WordPress contributor and his expertise in accessibility. Alex has been an active and vocal contributor in WordPress since 2016. His personal experience as a fully blind individual gives him a unique perspective on the challenges that people with disabilities face using and working in WordPress. He aims to help everyone have the same access to information, no matter what capabilities they are working with.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to the project that provided me with my start in the technology field. I could not continue to give back at my current capacity without this generous program. I will help ensure WordPress becomes more accessible, and I will fight to have the community as a whole adopt new principles that will ensure accessibility is the first thought, never the last.”
- Alex Stine

As the first WPCC Fellow, Alex will continue his ongoing work on the Make Accessibility Team to improve the accessibility of the open-source WordPress project. During his Fellowship tenure, Alex will serve as Team Rep for the Make Accessibility team and will continue his private work as an accessibility consultant and an engineer at Waystar. 

Alex will start his tenure once a full term of the Accessibility Fellowship is fully-funded. The WPCC continues to raise funds to support the Accessibility Fellowship, which focuses on improving accessibility in WordPress by supporting contributors who are helping to make the WordPress project accessible to people with disabilities. 

FUNDING UPDATE: As of June 7 2023, we have about $3,850 left to fully fund this Fellowship because all funds raised by the collective are currently being used for this purpose! The total amount for the fellowship is need to raise is $13,650. We've updated the the goal here in this tier to reflect our progress and show how much we really need to raise to get this done. 


FUNDING UPDATE: As of August 7, 2023, we have  $722.56 remaining to fully fund the first Accessibility Fellowship! I've adjusted the total amount being raised in this tier in order to reflect the total funds we have committed to this Fellowship across the organization. 

Help us FULLY FUND the Accessibility Fellowship!

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Goal $4,908 USD

Amount raised

$6,479.19 USD

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28 individuals and 1 organization have contributed to this goal

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Jeffrey Paul

Individual Membership

$3,400 USD

Automattic PDARG

Accessibility Fellowship

$2,000 USD

Zack Katz

WP PHP

$750 USD

Bet Hannon

Individual Membership

$550 USD

Scott Kingsle...

Accessibility Fellowship

$345 USD

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Ryan Marks

Accessibility Fellowship

$286 USD

Mark Westguard

Accessibility Fellowship

$225 USD

gaambo

Accessibility Fellowship

$200 USD

Mike Schroder

Accessibility Fellowship

$200 USD

Jason Tucker

The WPCC Organizing Fund

$160 USD

Sergey Biryukov

WP PHP

$150 USD

Shawn Hooper

Accessibility Fellowship

$140 USD

$4,908 USD goal

$6,479 USD raised (132%)

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