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.