As an educational advocate, it's my mission to follow the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Voluntary Code of Ethics for Special Education Advocates, to the best of my ability.
The purpose of this Code is to provide a set of principles which special education advocate members of COPAA
(Advocates) can use as a guide for their work, conduct, and decision making. This Code is voluntary and is intended only as a guide.
I'm constantly trying to gain more
knowledge and expertise concerning special education and its applicable federal and state laws, and work within the bounds of these laws. As well as working to better understand
how to protect the civil rights of children with disabilities, their rights to due process, and their rights to equal access to equitable public school education.
This Voluntary Code is intended to accomplish the following:
a. Serve as an Advocate’s guide to professional conduct.
b. Help parents make informed choices about engaging advocacy services.
c. Instill public confidence in the integrity of Advocates and the roles
As your advocate, I voluntarily subscribe tothis Code and follow the Code’s ethical principles as a guide for proper professional conduct.
I – Competence, an advocate:
1. Works within the limits of his or her competence.
2. Informs a client when they're not competent to handle a matter or any portion of a client matter.
3. Is candid concerning the Advocate’s knowledge and skills.
4. Continues his or her special education advocacy education by successfully
completing 12 hours of continuing education courses annually. Continuing
education courses may be obtained through private or non-profit vendors, bar association continuing legal education courses, paralegal courses, State Department of Education courses or seminars, civil rights or disability rights organizations; professional associations of attorneys or advocates; or other continuing education courses or programs related to special education practice, advocacy, negotiation, or mediation.
5. Is knowledgeable with regard to the regulations of the jurisdictions in which they work or in which state their clients are located.
6. Provides competent assistance. Competent assistance requires the special education knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary for the assistance required under the circumstances.
7. Exercises reasonable care.
IV – Communication, an advocate will:
V – Professionalism, an advocate will:
© COPAA (2008)
CODE OF ETHICS
Working collaboratively towards successful outcomes
II – Responsibilities to Client,
1. Helps clients make informed decisions about appropriate educational services by providing clients with relevant information.