The Arc of Tennessee ®
DSP Code of Ethics
PERSON CENTERED SUPPORTS: As a DSP, my first allegiance is to the person I support; all other activities and functions I perform flow from this allegiance.
PROMOTING PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL WELL BEING: As a DSP, I am
responsible for supporting the emotional, physical and personal well-being of the
individuals receiving support while being attentive and energetic in reducing their
risk of harm.
INTEGRITY and RESPONSIBILITY: As a DSP, I will support the mission and
vitality of my profession to assist people in leading self-directed lives and to
foster a spirit of partnership with the people I support, other professionals and the
CONFIDENTIALITY: As a DSP, I will safeguard and respect the confidentiality
and privacy of the people I support.
JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, and EQUITY: AS a DSP, I will promote and practice
justice, fairness, and equity for the people I support and the community as a
whole. I will affirm the human and civil rights and responsibilities of the people I
RESPECT: As a DSP, I will respect the human dignity and uniqueness of the
people I support. I will recognize each person I support as valuable and help
others understand their value.
RELATIONSHIPS: As a DSP, I will assist the people I support to develop and
SELF-DETERMINATION: As a DSP, I will assist the people I support to direct
the course of their own lives.
ADVOCACY: As a DSP, I will advocate with the people I support for justice,
inclusion, and full community participation.