WP Community Collective Names Alex Stine as First Accessibility Fellow – WP Tavern

WordPress Accessibility contributor Alex Stine
WordPress Accessibility contributor Alex Stine – picture credit score: The WP Group Collective

The WP Group Collective (WPCC), a newly fashioned nonprofit group devoted to funding particular person WordPress contributors and community-led initiatives, has announced its first Accessibility Fellow. Alex Stine, a totally blind particular person contributor who has been working with the WordPress Accessibility crew since 2016, is the primary recipient of the fellowship.

WPCC is managing its funds transparently on Open Collective. The fellowship has but to be absolutely funded. Simply $645.63 USD of $15,000 (4%) has been raised for the Accessibility Fellowship, though particular person memberships are at $3,589.75 USD of the group’s $20,000 aim.

“We’ve arrange a number of other ways people can assist the WPCC,” co-founder Sé Reed mentioned. “We’re simply launching our fundraising marketing campaign for the Accessibility Fellowship now. Thus far, most of our contributors have opted to assist us as members, with a recurring membership pledge.

“Month-to-month membership funds go to our normal fund, which is able to primarily be used to assist our fellowships and initiatives. As of as we speak, we’ve raised barely greater than $4k, with $3,600 of that reserved for the Accessibility Fellowship.”

The group is at the moment within the technique of finalizing sponsorships from a number of massive corporations and is constructing out a company sponsorship program and a small enterprise sponsorship program.

“We are able to’t talk about something but as we’re nonetheless figuring out the small print, however there’s a lot taking place that we hope to announce quickly,” Reed mentioned.

As soon as the Accessibility fellowship is funded, Stine will proceed his work with WordPress’ Accessibility Workforce and can function the Workforce Rep, whereas persevering with his non-public work as a guide and an engineer at Waystar.

“I’m excited to have the chance to offer again to the undertaking that supplied me with my begin within the expertise subject,” Stine mentioned. “I couldn’t proceed to offer again at my present capability with out this beneficiant program. I’ll assist guarantee WordPress turns into extra accessible, and I’ll combat to have the group as a complete undertake new rules that may guarantee accessibility is the primary thought, by no means the final.”

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