Australasian Journal of Special Education
Editorial This special issue of the Australasian Journal of Special Education relates to Quality Education Programs for Individuals with High Support Needs. The education of individuals with high support needs provides a most significant challenge to special education. Such students typically require support in a complex and wide range of areas including physical management, adaptive behaviour, communication, behaviour and health needs. The present special issue focuses largely on understanding
... ly on understanding derived from research. No apology is offered for this focus, it was the specific remit of the issue. However, equally important is the social agenda that drives many of the changes that impact on the quality of life of individuals with high support needs. The challenge is to maintain some balance between social imperatives that should result in improved lives for individuals with high support needs and research that, in part, verifies that imputed improvements really exist. The recent saga of facilitated communication illustrates, as well as any, the great risks for individuals with high support needs, their families and educators, inherent in losing such balance.