Katie Cunningham

Katie Cunningham

Python and Django developer, accessibility advocate

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Woodbridge, Virginia

Areas of Expertise:

  • 508
  • accessibility
  • python
  • django
  • speaking
  • programming
  • writing

Katie Cunningham is a Python and Django developer for Cox Media Group by day, and is currently writing a book on 508 compliance and accessibility by night. While she had always had an interest in programming, it didn't turn into a career until she started to work at NASA. There, she slowly transitioned from gathering requirements to developing full time, advocating the use of more open source in the government sector.

It was at NASA that she gained an interest in 508 compliance. At first, she was only interested in getting her applications through QA faster. Over time, however, she gained a passion for a web that was easy for everyone to use. Now in the private sector, she is championing compliance even for websites that don't require it by law.

She currently lives just outside of Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and a very barky dog.

Accessibility Handbook Accessibility Handbook
by Katie Cunningham
September 2012
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $14.99

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Accessibility: Why I hate checklists

November 13 2013

Every time I give a talk about making accessible websites, I get the following question: “What checklist do you use to make sure a site is accessible?” My response always surprises them: “I don’t use a list.” Why not? There … read more

So, You Want to Run a Young Coders Class?

August 16 2013

Ever since PyCon 2013, the interest in the Young Coders class has been intensifying. Practically every Python conference since then has asked about doing one, and several have run their own. Classes outside of conferences have sprung up, as well, … read more

Rune Factory 4: *What* romance options?

April 13 2014

I have been mainlining Rune Factory 4 so hard, I've had to take pain meds for my shoulders and hands. Even though I only played through the first ten minutes or so of RF2, I have found myself completely drawn in by a story that largely features the best way… read more

Looking back, looking forward

April 13 2014

I don’t do resolutions. I don’t have anything against them, but they do feel like daring the universe to throw distractions and impediments your way. The few years I’ve made them, I’ve had some ridiculous results. Plan to lose weight? Get pregnant. Decide to spend more time on my hobbies? Get a… read more

Your wiki is a dump

March 23 2014

I freaking hate wikis. Note that I’m not talking about things like Wikipedia or Bulbapedia (my two favorite wikis). Those are maintained by fanatics and are generally up to date. As long as you’re not on a controversial article, you’re probably safe to show it to someone to prove that they’re… read more

What I learned from NaNoWriMo 2013

March 16 2014

This year, I did something different for NaNoWriMo. I realized on October 31st that I wasn’t going to have an idea for a story this year, and that I didn’t want to work on something that I’d already started. So I decided to do something completely different: 50,000 words of… read more

Review: System76 Galago UltraPro

March 16 2014

I recently bucked my usual trend and decided to buy myself a Galago UltraPro from System76. Normally, I wait a few iterations to get something new, from phones to gaming systems. By the time I get my hands on one, I’ve read dozens of reviews, watched the bug reports, and… read more

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Webcast: Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites
December 07, 2012
Several audiences have difficulty using today's complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. In this webcast, Katie Cunningham, author of the Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant...