Publish Your Texts Here Free of Charge

Thank you for considering contributing to our virtual library on Independent Living and related themes. Documents published here are often quoted and we do our best to keep them available. We don't move them around either. Sending us a copy of your writing is a good way to have more people read it.

We want our library to be a useful tool for - individuals with disabilities and their families

  • their organizations
  • service providers
  • policy makers
  • researchers.

We focus on

  • practical information and examples of good practice in programs and policies,
  •  ways for helping people to get closer to self-determination through personal strategies, services that liberate us instead of limiting us (as is often the case) and role models

The themes we are interested in are

  • Independent Living in all its ramifications including
  • personal assistance
  • accessibility
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • advocacy
  • peer support
  • in brief, everything that truly promotes the equalization of our opportunities.

The documents can be, among other things,

  • letters, poems, personal accounts or reflections
  • articles
  • training manuals
  • monographs or research reports
  • project proposals
  • project evaluations or policy analysis,
  • conference proceedings
  • legislative texts and commentaries

We are looking for texts

  • that have no commercial value (since we cannot pay for them)
  • for which you own the copyright
  • that are not likely to lose their relevance over the next few years
  • that are of interest to an international audience (as opposed to visitors from one particular country only)

If you are interested in using our offer to review your text for inclusion in our library, please, read the guidelines for submission of texts below.

Thank you for your interest in our website. We would like to cooperate with you.

Adolf D. Ratzka, PhD

Guidelines for submission of texts



We prefer texts in electronic format (because of the tremendous amount of work for scanning, doing OCR, proof-reading and formatting).Submit your texts to

Accompanying information

Each document that is submitted for inclusion in the Institute's virtual full-text library should to be accompanied by the following items:

1) Bibliographical reference

The reference should contain all information necessary for citation in a scientific journal; easy to cut and paste; without author (s)'s academic or other titles; with date; with info about its first publication - if applicable - in a periodical, at a conference, etc. For format see example below.

The bibliographical information has to include the full first names of all authors, if available.

(The document's URL in our site as well as the date when the document was posted on our site will be added by our webmaster, once it is posted.)

2) Annotation (very brief summary)

The annotation makes up a new paragraph after the bibliographic reference (see above) and before the document text starts. The annotation contains

-a very brief reference to the author(s), title or position as well as other information about the author(s) which is relevant for the readers' understanding of the document

- very brief description of the document's theme and scope of not more than a maximum of three, four lines.

The annotation will be attached

a) to the link to your document in the Alphabetical List by Author on our Library entry page b) to any other internal link within our site to your document.

3) Example



We Must Learn to Exert Ourselves
by Javed Abidi


In quoting please use

Abidi, Javed. 1998. "We Must Learn to Exert Ourselves". First published in Deep Shihta, Journal of the Spastics Society of Eastern India, December 1998. Internet publicationURL: posted April 12, 2001

According to Abidi, Executive Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled, in India, with 60-70 million disabled people, disability is a social, socio-economic and development issue. Why is it not seen as a national issue?