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PAR Code of Ethics

As community providers, the members of Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) are dedicated to providing a compassionate, normative environment which supports human and civil rights, and contributes to individual dignity and growth.

The Code of Ethics identifies certain standards of conduct for a PAR member in his/her professional role. In loyalty to the Code, each member is bound to uphold the highest level of integrity in relationships with those served, with the parents or guardians of those served, with his/her own peer group, with related professional disciplines and agencies, and with the community.

As a PAR member committed to the spirit and intent of the Code, affirming my belief in the following statements, I do solemnly:

Recognize each person served as an individual, entitled to the same respect and basic rights as other citizens of the same age;

Acknowledge the capacity for growth and potential for progress to be found in each individual I serve;

Regard it as my primary obligation to create and maintain a responsive, stimulating environment conducive to personal dignity and human maturity;

Honor the mandate that services should be provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities;

Hold myself accountable for the quality of the supports and services I offer and the prudent management of resources entrusted to me;

Respect the privacy of the individuals I serve, and hold in confidence the information gained in professional relationships;

Give cognizance to my professional responsibilities which take precedence over my personal interests;

Support the principle that professional practice requires appropriate education;

Accept my professional responsibility to maintain up-to-date knowledge of current trends and concepts in services for people with autism and people with intellectual disabilities, and to utilize this knowledge as a mechanism for self evaluation and change;

Recognize that the understanding, prevention, and amelioration of autism and intellectual disabilities ultimately depend upon knowledge gained through research;

Stand ready to act as a community advocate to protect citizens against unethical practice by individuals or organizations providing services for people with autism and people with intellectual disabilities;

Pledge not to discriminate against any individual, or group of individuals, because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, limited English proficiency, age, or sexual orientation;

Regard it as my responsibility to prevent and eliminate discrimination, should it exist, in the rendering of service, in employment practices, or in work assignments;

Agree to distinguish clearly, in public, between my statements and actions as an individual and as a representative of PAR.