By: Carmen Willings
Updated April 9, 2020
As with all professions, vision professionals will face ethical dilemmas and need to use personal and professional standards to handle these issues. While each person has their own code of ethics based on their set of beliefs and standards they use to guide their life, the following is a code of ethics set forth by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) and the Council for exceptional Children (CEC).
How people respond to ethical dilemmas is governed by their internal belief system. A professional code of ethics guides professional practice. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), has a code of ethics for educators of persons with special needs that can be found in their Ethical Principle and Practice Standards.
Code of Ethics
AER established and adopted a code of ethics in 1992 for teachers of students with visual impairments, O&M specialists, rehabilitation teachers, and low vision therapists that can be found in the appendix section of Foundations of Education, Volume 1. The Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Code of Ethics addresses:
Ethical dilemmas will most likely be encountered throughout a professional’s career. When faced with an ethical dilemma, Kay Holbrook and Alan Koenig suggest the following strategies within Foundations of Education, Vol. 1, History and Theory of Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments (PP. 263-264):
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