We have touched on the concept of confidentiality—or privacy—throughout this website, but it is so important and is worth repeating. Remember, your role as a peer buddy requires you to maintain confidentiality. This is an important issue in the area of special education. Many things that you will observe and hear in the special education program are confidential, but by the nature of the situation, you will see or hear these things. Remember that it is a privilege to be a peer buddy, and to keep these things in the classroom. If it troubles you, then talk with the teacher. If you are still troubled, talk with the school counselor.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you are in a situation that might risk you breaking confidentiality:

  • If another friend asks you personal questions about the student’s disability, suggest that the student speak with the special education teacher to gain a better understanding; the teacher will share what is permissible.
  • Remember, all students have a right to their privacy.
  • As a peer buddy, it is your responsibility to help protect that right.
  • If you ever feel like you are not sure if you should share the information, don’t! Ask your teachers for guidance.