Let me introduce myself…Communication Passports

Let me introduce myself…Communication Passports

What is it?
A communication passport is a person-centred book which supports someone who cannot speak for themselves. It is a way of sharing information about a person in a clear, simple format, focusing on the person as being a unique, valued individual.

What goes in it?
It can include any of the following:

  • Key information which capture the uniqueness of the individual
  • Key people in the person’s life
  • Relevant health information
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Likes and dislikes
  • How the person communicates, and how best to support communication
  • Information about a person’s past and present life.

Process or Product? 
A communication passport is not just about completing a document. The process of creating it is of value in itself, as it is driven by a person-centred approach which regards the person and his/her needs in a positive light. Through the process of developing a communication passport, a broad picture of the person can be captured, and this can form the basis for identifying functional goals.

How to create a communication passport? 
It is developed with the individual at the centre of the process, and is driven by one key worker/co-ordinator. All relevant people in the person’s life can contribute to it. It usually includes photos and/or pictures, and text which is simple and easy for others to understand.

The following website has a range of information which can guide you through the process.

I also provide training to individuals and services in how to develop communication passports. Contact me to find out more.

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