OUR CODE OF ETHICS
We are respectful and empathetic therapists. We respect human rights, dignity and sensory preferences.
(Therapist Neurodiversity Collective)
All humans have the right to dignity and understanding, unrestricted access to communication support tools, and empathetic, respectful and trauma-informed therapy provided by competent, credentialed and licensed therapists.
Access to AAC (augmentative and alternate communication) is a human right for people who need additional supports.
We commit to upholding the dignity, humanity and human rights of all of the people we work with.
We support and advocate for client's needs first and foremost, including equitable and unrestricted access, and the implementation of accommodations and supports which work for them in all of their environments.
5. TEACHES SELF-ADVOCACY SKILLS
Our primary goal is to empower the people we serve with functional communication, tools and supports to help them navigate decision-making and self-determination in all areas of their daily life, and in public policy decisions affecting them.
The fundamental goal of ABA is compliance with the will of the person in the position of authority. ABA is completely counterintuitive to self-advocacy, self-determination, and the upholding of human rights and dignity. We practice neurodiversity acceptance, self-determination, bodily autonomy, sensory preferences, and the power of "no."
7. STRENGTH-BASED APPROACH
We develop therapy goals from a strength-based position, concentrating on the inherent strengths of individuals we serve. Therapy focuses on strengths, abilities and potential rather than problems and perceived deficits, and without ignoring challenges that may require supports and accommodations. We see the people we serve as our therapy partners and work in collaboration with them, to help them achieve the goals they desire to meet.
8. RESPECT OF BODY AUTONOMY
We practice total and complete respect for body autonomy. We use hand under hand only with client consent, and only when necessary. We will not force-feed. We will not withhold access to emotional comfort, physical comfort, food, drinks, favourite items, activities, personal belongings as a way to manipulate or control the people we serve. We don't train social skills or masking.