A Ten Step Process for Resolving Ethical Issues
In the publication
Ethics and IDEA, A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists
and Audiologists Who Provide Services Under IDEA
(ASHA 2003), the authors provide a ten step process for
addressing ethical issues in the schools:
1. Identify the problem as you see it.
2. Get the story straight - gather relevant data.
(Federal, state, and local regultations, professional practice
documents, ASHA Code of Ethics)
3. Ask yourself if the problem is a regulatory issue or
a process issue related to regulatory requirements.
4. Compare the issue to a specific rule in ASHA's Code of
Ethics. Determine if rules the Code of Ethics apply to your
problem and can help develop a course of action for you to
5. Identify who has the power and control in the
6. Identify what is in your control and what is not.
7. Identify your resources. These can be a supervisor, special
education director, or colleague. Ask yourself if you need
more information, clarification, or ideas from others who have
had a similar problem.
8. Make a list of possible actions and their positive and
9. Make a plan that you can defend professionally and
ethically and that meets the requirements of the regulations.
10. Take action and evaluate your plan as you proceed.
Determine next steps.
In addition to the above, this publication provides
definitions of basic terms associated with ethics and IDEA and a
selection of instructional vignettes that typify some of the
experiences and ethical challenges that can confront
speech-language pathologists and audiologists in their
practice. Included in the appendices are web resources,
selected articles and references. This item is available
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