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Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics of a profession states the basis for all professional conduct of its members. Guiding Principles encourage continued development of the profession and assist in advancing professionalism, promoting discussion, and encouraging research. The following Guiding Principles and standards for professional practice comprise the Code of Ethics for Educational Therapists. Members of the Association of Educational Therapists are responsible for upholding and advancing these principles.

Ethics Complaint Procedures
Ethics Complaint Form

AET Bylaws

The Association of Educational Therapists' mission is to benefit society by providing certification and training to members who serve individuals with learning challenges, advancing the profession of educational therapy worldwide, and establishing ethical standards for the practice of educational therapy. The Association's official bylaws can be viewed by clicking the below link.

Committee and Board Charters

The below is a brief statement of the work for each committee and board. Each charter includes:

  • Purpose
  • Composition
  • Responsibilities/authority
  • Meetings
  • Reporting
  • Evaluation

AET Policy Manual

The AET Policy Manual lists the policies approved by the Board. Besides providing basic information, the manual lists policies under these categories:

  • Administration
  • Awards and Volunteer Recognition
  • Board of Directors
  • Communication: General
  • Communication: Marketing
  • Communication: Member & Public Information
  • Finance & Development
  • Membership & Board Certification: Common Membership Policies
  • Membership & Board Certification: Continuing Education
  • Membership & Board Certification: Levels of Membership
  • Professional Affairs & Ethics
  • Program Services & Events

The Policy Manual is revised after new and revised policies are approved by the AET Board.

National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD)

Founded in 1975, the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is a national committee of representatives of organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. The Association of Educational Therapists has been an active member of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities since 2002.

The mission of the NJCLD is to provide multi-organizational leadership and resources to optimize outcomes for individuals with learning disabilities. In service of this mission, the committee:

  • Facilitates communication, collaboration, and consensus among member organizations.
  • Identifies and addresses needs in research, policy, and professional education and development related to learning disabilities.
  • Provides an interdisciplinary forum to increase communication and understanding among educational organizations, community, and governmental agencies at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Acts as an advocate and makes recommendations on critical issues affecting individuals with learning disabilities.
  • Develops and disseminates statements, reports, and other resources in the area of learning disabilities to clarify issues, influence policy, improve practice, and increase knowledge. AET publishes these reports regularly in The Educational Therapist.

Learn more about the advocacy and leadership work that AET provides with NJCLD, advancing the influence of educational therapists on a national scale in the AET Journal Article: 39-1 - Learning Disabilities and Achieving High Quality Education Standards-NJCLD and on The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities Website.


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