Frontline Initiative: DSPs Using the NADSP Code of Ethics

Tenet 9: Advocacy

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Code of Ethics 9: Advocacy:


As a DSP, I will advocate with the people I support for justice, inclusion, and full community participation.

Furthermore, as a DSP, I will:

  • Support people to speak for themselves in all matters, and offer my assistance when needed.
  • Represent the best interests of people who cannot speak for themselves by partnering with the individual and their support team to gather information and find alternative means of expression.
  • Advocate for laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that promote justice and inclusion for all people with disabilities.
  • Promote human, legal, and civil rights for all people and help those I encounter to understand these rights.
  • Seek additional advocacy services when those that I provide are not sufficient.
  • Seek out qualified guidance when I am unsure of the appropriate course of action in my advocacy efforts.
  • Recognize that those who victimize people with disabilities must be held accountable.

View and download the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Code of Ethics

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