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Our philosophy

The basis for action

Each individual possesses a unique personality and admirable attributes. Members of each unit commit to valuing and appreciating this diversity. Grounding their work in mutual respect and trust, they aspire to offer everyone the right to self-determination and the opportunity for individual fulfilment.

Teaching approach

Our staff recognizes the individuality of each and every student. The educational and therapeutic concepts used complement each another, and are rooted in scientific research. The services we provide are built upon established and innovative theories, as well as effective didactic and methodological models.


In a society that embraces inclusivity, fostering self-determination is crucial in facilitating the active participation of every individual. This fundamental principle, acknowledged and embraced by all those involved, serves as the foundation for all endeavors aimed at promoting the intellectual and physical growth, autonomy, and well-being of children and young individuals with special educational needs. At the CDI, our dedicated staff members are committed to appreciating and celebrating the diverse qualities that enhance our collective existence on a daily basis.


The CDI provides tailored support for children and adolescents, their families and external partners, based on a relationship of trust and mutual respect.

Thanks to an approach based on prevention, intervention and compensation, the employee enables the people they support to participate in the areas of life that interest them.

Awareness of disability at an early age can avert potential frustrations and failures later in life.

Irrespective of the level of prevention (targeted or universal), the CDI strives to inform and raise awareness about Special Needs education/ special psychoeducation.

In the context of educational and social inclusion, the CDI’s staff provide advisory services on request and in consultation with the child or adolescent’s parents, legal representatives and relevant professionals. Providing timely information and support to parents and professionals has consistently been a crucial form of assistance and served as an essential prerequisite for destigmatizing disability within society.

In addition, the CDI elaborates and offers training in Special Needs Education for staff employed at primary schools and secondary schools and also for those in education and childcare services.

Specialised, tailored interventions promote inclusion, enabling children and young people with special needs to progress using strategies and methods derived from special needs education.

Depending on the needs of the child or adolescent in question, the CDI intervenes at a range of different levels:

  • by offering different services for children, it consistently contributes to enhancing the tailored response to the potential and individual need of every child and adolescent
  • it offers professional advice and guidance to families regarding their children’s educations.

  • It collaborates with formal and informal services and institutions that are related to the specific field, aiming to equip the children and adolescents with all tools necessary to live an autonomous adult life.

Access to compensation of the repercussions of disability is a universal right, irrespective of the origin or nature of the impairment.

Educational adjustments (regardless which school the child attends) or the use of specialised professionals are emphasised to ensure a smooth progression in learning (Nachteilsausgleich).

The CDI actively participates in implementing adaptations to facilitate the integration of each child and adolescent into their educational and vocational settings.

(adapted teaching methods, analysis, and organisation of the environment).

In very general terms, compensation for disadvantages can be defined as “(…) the neutralisation or reduction of the limitations caused by a disability”(Jost & al., 2014. Compensation des désavantages: un pas vers l’école inclusive).

The CDI in figures


Students registered at the CDI and spread over 7 annexes


Students treated in regular schools


Students in cycles 1 – 4


Students in cycles 5 and 6


Professional and occupational students


Staff in the administrative and technical unit


Teaching unit staff


Employees in the diagnostics, advice and monitoring unit


Employees in the rehabilitation and therapy unit

On a daily basis, our commitment lies in the pursuit of shared objectives, accompanied by a collective accountability for our actions. We address daily challenges with professionalism, creativity, mutual support, and empathy.

We highly esteem the skills and complementary experiences of our employees, recognizing their individuality as a valuable resource.


Claudine Olinger


Gene Posing

Directeur adjoint

Carole Martinez

Attachée à la direction


Nelly Engel

Chargée de direction

Annexe Differdange

Tanja Friob

Chargée de direction

Annexe Kannercampus Belval

Max Pintsch

Chargé de direction f.f.

Annexe Luxembourg

Marie-Pierre Prospert

Chargée de direction

Annexe Kannerinsel Berchem

Catherine Rosenfeld

Chargée de direction f.f.

Annexe Warken

Dany Schleimer

Chargée de direction

Annexe Clervaux

Marc Weber

Chargé de direction

Annexe Echternach


Nathalie Frosio

Responsable nationale de l’unité d’enseignement & déléguée à la formation

Michael Wortmann

Responsable national de l’unité de diagnostic, de conseil et de suivi & délégué à la recherche

Peggy Lommel

Responsable nationale de l’unité de rééducation et de thérapie

Isabelle Wirtz

Responsable nationale de l’unité de rééducation et de thérapie

Maryse Georges

Responsable nationale de l’unité d’enseignement & conseillère de projets d’inclusion


Mark Pfeiffer

Coordinateur général à la direction, responsable marketing et communication

Georges Werner

Responsable national de l’unité administrative et technique

Rikke Hannibal

Conseillère infrastructure et mobilier

Dr. Joshgun Sirajzade

Gestionnaire et coordinateur de projets informatiques

Diana Santos

Coordinatrice du Service Leichte Sprache

Patrick Back

Gestionnaire de projets - Centre de documentation


Antonia Linster

Gestionnaire Ressources Humaines

Elvira Jusufi

Gestionnaire Ressources Humaines


Stéphanie Falco

Astrid Seiler

Carole Cimolino


Social support and health promotion unit

Viviane Rocha

Assistante sociale

Laura Rauen

Assistante sociale

Marie-Paule Wagner


Alain Frantz


Lisy Binck

Assistante sociale

Diana Figueiredo

Infirmière psychiatrique

Egnita Kamberi


Our annexes