Disability and marginality are placed at the center of our work

CeDisMa is the name we have chosen to give ourselves. It is an acronym that brings together the key words of our activity: Centre for the Study of Disability and Marginality. These two themes characterize all our research and training activities, both didactic and pedagogical. Since 2010 CeDisMa has been directed by Prof. Luigi d’Alonzo, Professor of Special Pedagogy and the Rector’s delegate for the integration of disabled pupils within the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.




Our Study and Research Centre on Disability and Marginality collaborates with schools, institutions, associations, companies and all those who wish to help promote our projects. Working closely with these realities, we propose, for example, some areas of research and training useful for understanding our fields of activity:

  • School inclusion
  • Classroom management
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Management of problem behavior
  • Implementation of networks between school, family and local authorities
  • Special educational needs
  • Issues related to people with:
    • – Intellectual disabilities
    • – Physical disabilities
    • – Sensory disabilities
    • – Autism
    • – ADHD
    • – LSD
    • – Rare syndromes
  • School and family in situations of disability and marginality
  • Distress and marginality
  • Technologies for inclusion
  • Inclusive learning, cooperative learning and peer education
  • Early detection of difficulties in Early Childhood, in nurseries and pre-schools.

CeDisMa’s research and training projects never follow a default standard, but are designed together with schools, organizations, educational services, associations, institutions and companies. This allows to design authentic processes of growth tailored to the particular needs of those who wish to work with us.


Our Study and Research Centre on Disability and Marginality operates in accordance with the Christian idea of man and life promoted by the Catholic University.Based on these principles, CeDisMa works to:

  • develop sector and interdisciplinary research on issues concerning disability
  • develop sector and interdisciplinary research on issues concerning marginality, with a special focus on youth distress and deviance
  • develop interpretative and intervention parameters in the light of pedagogical, educational and didactic reflection
  • identify training strategies for educational professionals working in extracurricular activities
  • set up consultancy activities for schools particularly interested and/or involved in the issues of disability and marginality
  • investigate pedagogical and educational issues related to learning difficulties
  • set up scientific documentation activities related to disability and marginality
  • design training and professional development activities for schools, training institutions, social agencies, associations dealing with disability and marginality
  • provide pedagogical and didactic consultancy for teachers, educators, parents, directors involved in special issues related to disability and marginality.

Innovative Proposals

  • We are working on a trial on Differentiated Instruction in schools.
  • We have already been working for two years on an Experimental Research Center School for the inclusion of pupils with hearing disabilities.
  • We are collaborating with companies, association networks and local authorities with projects that implement the role of technology and new learning methodologies.
  • The European Union is funding us in a three-year international research project, ERASMUS +, with the Catholic University of Lublin – Poland, the Universiteè Catolique d’Anger – France, and the Comillas Universidad de Madrid – Spain, on the early detection of difficulties of children in nurseries and preschools.
  • For five years, we have been collaborating with a large company dealing with nurseries and pre-schools on the prevention of profesional bourn-out.
  • We collaborate on the ‘MODI’ experiment, an innovative time rescheduling project for schools tailored to the learning needs of pupils.

For further information, please contact the CeDisMa team at: cedisma@unicatt.it