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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.