Inter Islamic Network of Information Technology (INIT) is going to develop a study to investigate and classify policy initiatives across OIC states that facilitate access and inclusion of people with disability, with a cross ponding review implementation and practice.

This study is established upon the commitments which is glorify in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UNCRPD) which provide a framework detailed analysis of role of ICT’s would be completed. This study will explain the elements of a convenience infrastructure and review the availability of such elements with OIC member states. It will also identify that which states are taking concrete steps to deliver elements of the infrastructure, and how that experience could support emerging services and products in other states.

This study is also going to create a gap analysis of current state policy across pilot Member states, to awaken the sharing of outcomes to accelerate progress towards ICT networks.

The policy, resources and initiatives that support the use of ICT by people with disability will be reviewed by following areas including public policy, awareness and communication, advice and assessment, training and professional development, provision of Assistive Technologies, technical support availability eAcecessibility and access to digital content, research and development and innovation.

This will contain options for involving in the use of open source technologies, seeking to reduce costs and maximize impact, both the localisation of proven open source solutions to support regional languages and the development of innovative open solutions from within the network. Opportunities to develop products and services that could reach markets beyond the network, will be considered including any contribution to meeting the needs of refugees within the Middle East.

The outcomes of this study will provide the foundations of a strategy for access and inclusion of people with a disability through technology across OIC members. This would provide a basis for collaboration with other international initiatives to benefit citizens of OIC member states with a disability globally.

INIT have engaged with international experts with experience within OIC members states to deliver the discovery workshops within five pilot states. The diversity of states selected offers a broad spread of both experience and needs representative of the wider OIC membership. Potential involvement of other states is welcomed subject to funding and support.