ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) to Support Persons with Disabilities in Global Policy Development

This study explores the development of the Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Policy Collaboratory. Created in 2016, the DID Collaboratory is an accessible virtual organizational environment that supports the effective participation of the global disability community in the UN Habitat III conference and the subsequent implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Using simultaneous mixed-methods (i.e. surveys, interviews, participant observation), this paper assesses the socio-technical factors influencing engagement with the Collaboratory and its effectiveness in supporting the participation of persons with disabilities in Habitat III. This research clearly shows the benefits to the global network of disability advocates by the cyberinfrastructure, which in turn enhanced their effectiveness in Habitat III. This suggests that the prototype created for this project could serve as a model for promoting the participation of persons with disabilities in future global governance processes. http://scholarworks.csun.edu/handle/10211.3/190204