Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics


The Code of Ethics developed through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) guides DSPs through the ethical dilemmas they face daily and encourages the highest professional ideals. Direct support staff, agency leaders, policymakers and people receiving services are urged to read the code and to consider ways that these ethical statements can be incorporated into daily practice. code is not the handbook of the profession, but rather a roadmap to assist in staying the course of securing freedom, justice and equality for all.


Person-Centered Supports. As a DSP, my first allegiance is to the person I support; all other activities and functions I perform flow from this allegiance.

Promoting Physical and Well-Being. As a DSP, I am responsible for supporting the emotional, physical, and personal well-being of the individuals receiving support. I will encourage growth and recognize the autonomy of the individuals receiving support while being attentive and energetic in reducing their risk of harm.

Integrity and Responsibility. As a DSP, I will support the mission and vitality of my profession to assist people in leading self-directed lives and to foster a spirit of partnership with the people I support, other professionals, and the community.

Confidentiality. As a DSP, I will safeguard and respect the confidentiality and privacy of the people I support.

Justice, Fairness and Equity. As a DSP, I will promote and practice justice, fairness, and equity for the people I support and the community as a whole. I will affirm the human rights, civil rights and responsibilities of the people I support.

Respect. As a DSP, I will respect the human dignity and uniqueness of the people I support. I will recognize each person I support as valuable and help others understand their value.

Relationships. As a DSP, I will assist the people I support to develop and maintain relationships.

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

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


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