The article deals with the characteristics of a family with a child or adolescent with special needs and the family’s acceptance of the child’s disability. The family plays the most important protective and supportive role for the child. Tutors in boarding-schools frequently have to integrate adolescents with special needs into their groups. The article goes on to present the role of a tutor and the importance of cooperation between parents and boarding-schools so that adolescents are successfully integrated into their education and life in boarding-schools. What is going on between the adolescent with special needs, the tutor as a representative of boarding-schools, and the adolescent’s parents or his family is a dynamic process.
Keywords: family, disability, child with special needs, tutor, boarding-school, integration.