Nowadays, any kind of support is meant not only as a matter of caring or helping but also as an important sustainable element of educating and upbringing. In terms of theory and practice social support and supporting are recognised as core actions in social work as well as in rehabilitation and in special education. The new legislation in Poland is going to determine a lot of changes for the prevention and the assistance for the development of pupils with special educational needs. The book includes papers that show how the concepts of support and supporting are implemented into researches and practice. The authors describe their own meaning of the concepts and present their strong engagement in improving the life of disabled persons.
The book consists of two parts. The first part is devoted to some core ideas that ought to be taken into consideration while supporting persons with a disability. In the second part there are papers that present new approaches in the area of the development diagnosis of persons with a disability and empirical facts which prove the need to implement supportive practices. These published papers reveal solid connection between the theory and practice in the domains of prevention and supporting the development of people with disabilities at different stages of life. They are also the prove of the presence of the interdisciplinary and multithreaded approach in special education.