We agree that these principles are the Code of Ethics for postsecondary
disability service providers. As professionals, we are responsible for
upholding, supporting, and advancing these ideas whenever possible.
Members of AHEAD agree to monitor themselves and their peers in
accordance with the spirit and provisions of this code, as delineated by the
1. Postsecondary disability service providers are committed to
facilitating the highest levels of educational excellence and potential
quality of life for postsecondary students with disabilities.
2. Postsecondary disability service providers strive to achieve and
maintain the highest levels of competence and integrity in all areas
of assistance to adult students with disabilities. This support is
guided by the consistent use of objective, professional judgment in
all areas, especially when addressing the confidential nature of the
3. Postsecondary disability service providers continually participate in
professional activities and educational opportunities designed to
strengthen the personal, educational, and vocational quality of life
for students with disabilities. This includes the on-going
development of strategies, skills, research, and knowledge pertinent
to the highest quality of disability service delivery whenever and
wherever it occurs.
4. Postsecondary disability service providers carry out their
responsibilities in accordance with AHEAD professional standards
and policy guidelines for adult students with disabilities. When
certified, licensed, or affiliated with other professionals or
organizations, they comply with those professional guidelines as
5. Postsecondary service providers are actively engaged in supporting
and clarifying institutional, state, provincial, and federal laws,
policies, and procedures applicable to the service delivery to
students with disabilities. Compliance implies that professionals will
not condone or participate in any unethical or illegal acts discussed
within these guidelines.