Freelance gig website Fiverr and software-as-a-service company Wix are launching a program to train people with disabilities to build accessible websites.
First, Wix’s professionals will teach individuals with disabilities how to build websites, with an emphasis on accessibility. Once the sites are finished, participants will receive guidance on how to successfully sell their services as freelance web accessibility builders on Fiverr’s platform.
“We believe that the future of the internet is one where anyone, anywhere can access any site of their choosing, no matter their abilities,” said Mor Levinhar Tzang, lead for Fiverr Empower, the freelance marketplace’s program to help those with disabilities amass professional experience and build portfolios through Fiverr.
He added, “We are happy to cooperate with Wix as both companies share the same values in providing opportunities for all and making the internet more accessible. This initiative gives us the opportunity to help empower the disabled community and provide them with the tools and resources they need to earn income as freelance Wix web designers on Fiverr.”
Training will be delivered online. The initial intake will include only U.S.-based participants, but the companies intend to roll the program out globally in the future.
Israel-based Fiverr was established in 2010 by co-founders Micha Kaufman and Shai Wininger. With headquarters in Tel Aviv, the company went on to open additional offices Berlin, London, Miami, New York City, Phoenix and San Francisco.
In 2019, Fiverr went public with an IPO, while in Feb. 2021, it announced it had acquired Working Not Working, a competitor focused on highly paid creative freelancers in the advertising and marketing sectors.
Globally, Fiverr competes with freelancer sites such as Freelancer, Upwork and Dribbble.