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.