Mission, Vision & Values, Code of Ethics

Mission & VisionWe Are Worth It

PAR's mission is to strengthen the capacity of its membership to provide person-centered services to Pennsylvanians with intellectual disability and/or autism.

PAR envisions a service provider community that is an effective political, economic, and social force that ensures a person-centered, viable, quality service system that betters the lives of people with intellectual disability and/or autism.

PAR Principles

  1. BUILD THE CAPACITY TO FULLY SERVE EVERYONE
    PAR will play a leadership role in developing comprehensive support systems that have the capacity to fully serve everyone with autism and intellectual disabilities. These support systems will be built on efficient and effective evidence-based policies, practices and quality frameworks and will be a model for the country.

  2. FOSTER A TRUSTWORTHY AND ACCOUNTABLE PRIVATE SECTOR
    PAR will foster a private sector resource that is trustworthy, transparent, accountable and has integrity so that family members can have confidence in its lifelong capacity to care for and support their sons and daughters, and they in turn can be assured that their needs will be met, and that the community will value and support community providers in their mission.

  3. WORK FOR A RESPONSIBLE HUMAN RESOURCE POLICY
    PAR believes that Direct Support Professionals are critical to system-wide excellence. PAR will work to improve providers’ ability to recruit and retain committed staff with compensation and benefits that are commensurate to their contribution.

  4. PROMOTE A FISCALLY SOUND, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PRIVATE SECTOR
    PAR will promote a fiscally sound, fiscally responsible private sector capable of meeting the needs of Pennsylvania’s families and individuals who are living with autism and intellectual disabilities.

  5. BUILD PARTNERSHIPS WITH SELF ADVOCATES AND FAMILIES
    PAR will build powerful partnerships with people with autism and people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

  6. POSITION PAR AS A RESOURCE FOR EVERYONE
    PAR and its website will be relevant and timely resources for everyone in Pennsylvania interested in supports for people with intellectual disabilities and people with autism. These resources will enable people to exercise choice, to access resources, services and supports, and to increase community awareness.

  7. INFLUENCE POLICIES AND RESOURCES THROUGH COLLABORATION
    PAR will work with our public and private partners to influence policies and resources that will effectively serve the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and people with autism.

  8. SHARE EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE GLOBALLY
    PAR will engage in global partnerships that will share experience and knowledge that will enhance PAR’s ability to effect change for individuals and families, recognizing that the needs of people with disabilities and solutions for meeting those needs are universal.

PAR Code of Ethics

As community providers, the members of 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.