BlindRUG -- Blind R Users Group


About BlindRUG
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This list is provided by the National Federation of the Blind, NFB, as a service to the blind community.

R is open source statistical software, and according to the list's founder Jonathan Godfrey, is the most accessible option available for screen reader users. Sharing ideas and different work practices among list members will help us all become more effective, more efficient R users.

Who should join? Anyone interested in knowing more about (or improving) the use of R by blind people. This would include blind students, their support staff, or anyone having an interest in how blind people will make use of R and related tools.

Even if R is the most accessible statistical software available, it isn't a simple exercise to get started. Most new users don't have sufficient experience using a command line mode of operation, familiarity with the statistical techniques they need to employ, and are often working on their own. There are plenty of ways new users get information, but this is often not in an accessible format for a blind user. This list exists to support the needs of blind R users around the world.

Before you post to the list asking questions, you should take some time to peruse the list archive to see if your questions have been answered for someone else just like you. You should also look at the useful resources available at:
and in particular the e-book "Let's Use R Now" compiled by Jonathan Godfrey at:

If you are a student new to R who wants to show your professor what R has to offer, then please direct them to three articles:
1. Godfrey, A. J. R. (2013d, June). Statistical software from a blind person's perspective: R is the best, but we can make it better. The R Journal 5(1), 73-80.
2. Godfrey, A. J. R. and R. Erhardt (2014, June). Addendum to "statistical software from a blind person's perspective". The R Journal 6(1), 182.
3. Godfrey, A. J. R. and M. T. Loots (2014, July). Statistical software (R, SAS, SPSS, and Minitab) for blind students and practitioners. Journal of Statistical Software, SoftwareReviews 58(1), 1-25.

The list is moderated by Jonathan Godfrey. You can reach him at:

If you have technical problems, please contact David Andrews at:

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the BlindRUG Archives.

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