Code of Ethics

A Developmental Disability Professional (DDP) is the key person responsible for drawing together family, friends, and staff, as well as marshalling resources and energy in order to enhance independence and improve the quality of life for the individuals they represent. It is a position grounded in the principles of servant leadership.  The DDP performs his/her duties with the strongest possible commitment to personal and professional ethics and standards of conduct.  To assess, understand and support people in achieving important outcomes and goals in their lives, it is necessary to understand the responsibilities and values of one’s profession.  The following Code Of Ethics is to be a guidepost helping DDPs along this journey. 

  • In all relationships, the DDP promotes the individual’s welfare, dignity, and respect by consistently advocating for their right to self-determination.  DDPs work to assist each person in identifying and reaching their goals.  Inherent in this responsibility is enabling individuals to advocate for their own concerns in appropriate and effective ways.
  • The DDP supports individuals in understanding their rights and works to ensure that they are free to exercise them.  If needed, education regarding responsibilities in relation to rights is also provided. 
  • When assisting individuals to make informed choices, the DDP obtains and provides all the information necessary in language and format that can be comprehended as easily as possible.
  • Should an individual need assistance in making sound, safe decisions, through the appointment of a legal guardian, the DDP keeps the appointed guardian aware of the person’s rights and opportunities to make choices.
  • The DDP is committed to assisting persons with disabilities in choosing and crafting a life supported by societal norms around age, intimacy, livelihood and community participation.  
  • The DDP is committed to maintaining the highest standards of confidentiality.  
  • In the development of each individual’s goals or plans, the individual with the disability remains the key person in the process.  The DDP involves those persons who know and are committed to fully supporting the person being served. 
  • The DDP facilitates the contributions of all staff including those professionally trained persons who are involved in the provision of supports and services.
  • Whether as an organizational representative or independent practitioner, the DDP interacts with others while maintaining the highest levels of responsibility, integrity, and standards of moral conduct.
  • As a professional in the disabilities field, the DDP is always prepared to partner and collaborate with colleagues.  He/she provides guidance, training, motivation and instruction, as the situation requires.
  • The DDP proactively identifies any barriers to the achievement of positive outcomes for the persons he/she represents and strives to remove or lessen those barriers or identify alternative pathways.
  • The DDP actively assists individuals to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with family members and persons with and without disabilities in their local communities.
  • In order to provide the best possible services, the DDP will demonstrate his/her pledge to continued learning by consistently seeking ways to increase his/her knowledge of current trends and best practices.