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Relationships

01/09/13

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As a DSP, I will assist the people I support to develop and maintain relationships.

Furthermore, as a DSP, I will:

·         Advocate with the people I support when they do not have opportunities to build and maintain relationships.
·         Recognize the importance of maintaining reciprocal relationships and proactively facilitate relationships between the people I support, their family and friends.
·         Assure that people have the opportunity to make informed choices in safely expressing their sexuality.
·         Separate my personal beliefs and expectations regarding relationships (including sexual relationships) from those of the people I support. If I am unable to separate my own beliefs and preferences in a given situation, I will remove myself from the situation and seek the assistance of a qualified coworker.
·         Refrain from expressing negative views, harsh judgments, and stereotyping of people.