Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics, developed through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), guides New York State’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) through the ethical dilemmas they face daily and encourages the highest professional ideals.

Most of us already have a personal set of values—or ethical code—that guides our lives. The Code of Ethics, which was adopted by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), goes beyond personal values by defining the standards that guide our delivery of services and supports.

This code, however, is not a handbook for the direct support professional. It is a roadmap to assist in staying the course of securing freedom, justice, and equality for all. The Code of Ethics was created in 2010 and then updated in 2016 to reflect a more person-centered approach.

The NADSP Code of Ethics outlines standards of conduct and professionalism in nine areas:

  • Person-Centered Supports
  • Promoting Physical and Emotional Well-Being
  • Integrity and Responsibility
  • Confidentiality
  • Justice, Fairness and Equity
  • Respect
  • Relationships
  • Self-Determination
  • Advocacy

Click here for Code of Ethics Resources.

More information on the Code of Ethics and how it relates to the Core Competences is available throughout the RCWT Resource Library.

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