ADA compliance of RStudio?

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#1

I am teaching a class using RStudio, and I need to say something about ADA (section 508) compliance. I've searched around but have not found a statement like the ones for SAS and Stata as here:

https://www.stata.com/features/section-508-compliance-15/

Am I missing a similar statement for RStudio? If not, does anyone have examples of language used to address accessibility in RStudio?

Thanks.

Eric

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#2

Well, it's complicated, as you can quickly tell by skimming https://goo.gl/s1dLVw Technically, it's not ADA; its focus is on the federal workplace and procurement of services. I suspect that SAS and Strata have sizable government portfolios.

RStudio in that space would be defined as a "Software Tool," like IDEs specifically called out in the rulemaking. What that specifically means in any given case requires a lawyer with either the expertise or willing to acquire the expertise to determine how it applies in a particular situation. Me, I'm neither -- just experienced enough to know to run away from an area so outside my previous experience.

I haven't seen any similar statement on the RStudio website to the detailed list that Strata publishes -- https://goo.gl/Qc1MJ2

As RStudio's business picks up government contracts, I'm sure we'll see something similar.

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#5

I think this is correct.

In education, the onus for 508 compliance is highly context-dependent and situated with the educational institutions and instructors -- not software or textbooks. Individual student disabilities are very specific circumstances, and require attention case-by-case.

I teach RStudio and Tidyverse-based data science and visualizations at a public university and find them to be fantastic tools to tailor-make solutions for students with special circumstances (e.g. color-blindness, trouble with animations, etc.).

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