Frontline Initiative: DSPs Using the NADSP Code of Ethics

Tenet 8: Self-Determination

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Code of Ethics Tenet 8: Self-Determination:


As a DSP, I will assist the people I support to direct the course of their own lives.

Furthermore, as a DSP, I will:

  • Support the rights of individuals to lead self-directed lives, working in partnership with other members of the person’s support network.
  • Promote self-determination in physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual pursuits.
  • Honor a person’s right to assume risk in an informed manner.
  • Recognize that each individual has potential for lifelong learning and growth.
  • Celebrate, accept, and learn from life’s rich experiences with people through triumphs and failures.

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

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