Call for participation

View from the back of the room as Graham Pullin addresses delegates. He stands beside a slide showing an old Nokia mobile phone with the heading 'Accessibility in many ways'.
Graham Pullin speaking at Accessibility Scotland 2017

We’ll have a couple of keynote speakers we’ll introduce soon. But we’re also looking for a mix of speakers who can present interesting topics relating to digital accessibility and inclusion.

If you’re interested in speaking at Accessibility Scotland 2019, have a proposal for a talk, or even just an idea, then read on.

The theme

Our theme this year is based around “Accessibility and Ethics”.

Speaker talks

Plan for 45 to 50 minutes speaking in reasonable depth about a particular topic, with some time for questions. Here, you’d have time to include some demos, maybe play a video or two.

Speaker diversity and first-time speakers

We are a welcoming conference and support the Global Diversity Call For Papers initiative to promote diversity in tech.

We want to encourage talk submissions from first-time speakers or those from underrepresented or marginalised groups.

We recommend reading three things you don’t need to become a speaker to encourage participation.


  • Talks must not have a commercial or promotional slant.
  • Talks should be relevant for the broadest possible audience.

How to submit a proposal

Fill in our call for participation form and give us an idea of what you’d like to talk about and we’ll take the conversation from there.

Deadline for proposals

Please submit all proposals by Wednesday 31st of July.

Final speakers announced

We will announce our final speaker list on Friday 30th of August.

Make it accessible!

Since this is a conference about accessibility, we remind all of our speakers to ensure that your presentation is accessible to all of our attendees. That includes captioning any videos you play, describing graphics that you might show, and speaking clearly to the audience. If you’re asked a question by an attendee, please repeat it before answering.

The W3C provides some helpful advice on accessible presentations.

Speaker financial support policy

Accessibility Scotland is a non-profit charitable organisation, with a focus on running the conference.

None of the organisers financially benefits from the event. As such, we try to keep running costs to a minimum, so we can also keep attendance fees low.

That said, we also understand that speakers may need some form of financial support to help them attend and present.

This is our policy for providing financial assistance to speakers:

  • We will meet reasonable travel costs for any speaker. Please tell us in advance as best you can your expected travel costs. We don’t need to see receipts; we trust that you will choose the most appropriate travel for your needs.
  • If a speaker needs additional assistance relating to a disability, please let us know and we will do our best to provide financial support for the cost of assistance.
  • As a general rule we are not able to pay speaker fees or honorarium. However, for designated keynote speakers, we will at our discretion provide additional financial support to enable attendance.
  • We also invite all speakers and support staff related to any disability to attend the conference as our guest.