Communication Passport


Passports are a positive way of supporting people with sensory and communication disabilities who cannot speak for themselves by collecting together important information about them and making this accessible to others with whom they may interact. Passports do not attempt to incorporate all of the available information about the person. Making a Passport means taking an overview of information from the people in day to day contact with the client. Then making choices about what others 'need to know'. For example, a Passport might have a page right up front that is headed: If you only have a little time to learn about me, these are the three most important things. This section may contain life and death details about techniques of eating and drinking, things that trigger outbursts of difficult behaviour (and ways of avoiding these!) and so on.  Information in Passports is presented in a way that is simple, clear, direct and accessible, succinct, accurate and honest. To be useful, it will be highly specific and detailed and avoid vague generalizations. The passport is composed in a way that assumes the reader does not have any prior knowledge of the AAC user.

The following are some great resources to get started with a communication passport:

You can also check out the CALL Scotland site for more information on communication passports.