Psychosocial potential students with disabilities - the perspective of positive psychology

Students with disabilities participating in various forms of education (special, integration, inclusion) should primarily be able to develop to their own potential, despite the fact that they face a varing range of difficulties and barriers in the process of learning and social functioning. Positive psychology, which is the science of happiness, health, strength and virtues of man, focuses on the constructive aspects of mental and social life. In this context, the rehabilitation of people with disabilities is focused primarily on the resources already possessed by the individual and additional support for their development. Positive character traits, including signature strengths of students with disabilities, as well as generalized and detailed resources of their personality, constitute a development potential that allows achieving a higher quality of life. Throughout the education process, it is important to determine the resources of students with disabilities and then to stimulate their development. Key words: positive psychology, personality resources, special educational needs

dr hab. prof. UP Piotr Majewicz

PhD, Associate Professor of the Pedagogical University of Cracow; a psychologist, an educator. He deals with issues related to rehabilitation in the context of positive psychology, psychopedagogical problems of children and adolescents with chronic diseases and, above all, which is the main area of his exploration - psychosocial functioning of individuals with physical disabilities.