News 2015

Nota, L. & Rossier, J. (Eds). (2015). Handbook of the life design paradigm: From practice to theory, from theory to practice . A new essential resource for an inclusive future for all. (pdf)

Workshops 2013-2014

Disability, School and Work Inclusion (pdf)

Participation to international conferences

IASSIDD 2014 (pdf)

Workshop: “Disability and work at the University”

(Padova, 31 maggio 2013)

The workshop has taken place  in the Aula Nievo, Palazzo del Bo on May 31 2013. It has been organized by  the Association  “The unsinkables” under the patronage of Centro di Ateneo di Servizi e Ricerca per la Disabilità, la Riabilitazione e l'Integrazione.

The following members of the scientific committee  participated in the workshop:

  • prof. Salvatore Soresi
  • doct. Roberto Mancin
  • prof.ssa Laura Nota

Conference program (pdf)

International Congress

Design Life and Career Counseling: Building Hope and resilience
(Padua 20, 21 and 22 June 2013)

Program (pdf)

Organized with the LaRIOS laboratory under the patronage of the most important international and national associations, the most prestigious research groups at the international level and publishers:

  • European Society of Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC);
  • Life Design International Research Group;
  • Adaptability International Research Group;
  • SIO, Italian Society for Vocationa Guidance;
  • International Hope Research Team- IHRT;
  • Division 17 – American Psychological Association;
  • International Section of Division 17 – APA;
  • Society for Vocational Psychology-SVP;
  • Division 16 – International Association Applied Psychology;
  • NICE Erasmus Network-2;
  • Italian Network – University training in vocational guidance;
  • Euro Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER);
  • AIP, Italian Psychology association; Italian Positive Psychology Association;
  • Hogrefe Publishing.

For more details see:


Workshop and conferences

Electroencephalographic-based Resuscitatio Index Computer Aided

(Geneva, 18/05/2013 from 16:00 to 18:00)

Workshop within the World Summit on the Information Society 2013 on the research project ERICA / vocatio aims to develop and validate a pediatric awareness-measurer. Organized by the International Telecommunication Union, ITU, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Under the patronage of the University Centre for Disability Services and Research, Rehabilitation and Integration, Padova Hospital, the non-profit organizations DACCAPO and Computer Scientists Without Borders.

For more details, please refer to


WEBIST 2013 9th International conference on web Information Systems and Technologies

During this conference "HelpMe!, a serious game to improve the rehabilitation process for children with CVI" was presented . It is one of the first results from the project "Cerebral Visual Impairment in infants and preschool children: new tools for assessment of visual, cognitive and socio-cognitive assessment" (proff. Gaggi O. e Palazzi C., Dipartimento di Matematica; proff. L. Nota e T.M. Sgaramella)

HelpMe!: A Serious Game for Rehabilitation of Children Affected by CVI (2013) M. Ciman, O. Gaggi, L. Nota, L. Pinello, N. Riparelli, T. M. Sgaramella (pdf)


International Hope Research Team (IHRT)

The idea of an international research and study group on hope, optimism and resilience started last September, in Padova, during the International Conference “Vocational designing and career counseling: Challenges and new horizons”. At that time several researchers attending the conference discussed about the relevance of talking in these times about counseling, vocational guidance and future. All these constructs, in fact, involve hope, optimism and time perspective.
On the basis of participants interests, several research groups have been identified. One of these groups is interested in Hope, optimism, time perspective and resilience in disability (Ref. Teresa M. Sgaramella). There are several basic questions waiting for an answer in this area; for instance, it is not clear from the literature whether and to what extent disability affects hope, optimism, resilience and future time perspective. First of all there is the need to construct and validate instruments capable of measuring these constructs in persons with disability, especially in persons showing cognitive/intellectual disability. A second aim for the group is to analyse the role of hope, optimism, resilience and future time perspective on dimensions of psychosocial wellbeing, such as quality of life and self-determination, in young and adults with disabilities. A central interest for this research group is also on the relationship between mentioned dimensions and core career counseling constructs (see interests, work goals, adaptability) in persons with disability, with a particular attention to those who for the first time face the world of work. Results from these studies will provided the basis for implementing intervention programs.