JFA Purple Orange has written a paper about Communities of Practice and Communities of Interest.
A Community of Interest (CoI) can be described as a network of people who share the same interests, knowledge and understanding of a given subject. People take part to exchange thoughts and ideas about their common interest. A Community of Practice (CoP) generally refers to the use and understanding of a specific common interest or profession. For example, an organised group that shares and practices the same understanding and ways of doing things for a given subject.
This publication uses real life examples and stories to illustrate all areas of CoPs and CoIs, including how to create and maintain a CoP or CoI and the benefits of CoPs and CoIs for people living with a disability.