AHEAD Code of Ethics


            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

            following principles:


               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

                 student's disability.


               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.


            July 1996