Disability Support Services staff abides by the code of ethics endorsed by the Association
of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).
- We agree that these principles are the Code of Ethics for postsecondary disability
service providers. As professionals, we are responsible for upholding, supporting,
and advancing these ideas whenever possible. Members of AHEAD agree to monitor themselves
and their peers in accordance with the spirit and provisions of this code, as delineated
by the following principles:
- Postsecondary disability service providers are committed to facilitating the highest
levels of educational excellence and potential quality of life for postsecondary students
- Postsecondary disability service providers strive to achieve and maintain the highest
levels of competence and integrity in all areas of assistance to adult students with
disabilities. This support is aided by the consistent use of objective, professional
judgment in all areas, especially when addressing the confidential nature of the student’s
- Postsecondary disability service providers continually participate in professional
activities and educational opportunities designed to strengthen the personal, educational,
and vocational quality of life for students with disabilities. This includes the
on-going development of strategies, skills, research, and knowledge pertinent to the
highest quality of disability service delivery whenever and wherever it occurs.
- Postsecondary disability service providers carry out their responsibilities in accordance
with AHEAD professional standards and policy guidelines for adult students with disabilities.
When certified, licensed, or affiliated with other professionals or organizations,
they comply with those professional guidelines as well.
- Postsecondary service providers are actively engaged in supporting and clarifying
institutional, state, provincial, and federal laws, policies, and procedures applicable
to the service delivery to students with disabilities. Compliance implies that professionals
will not condone or participate in any unethical or illegal acts discussed within
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