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Special Passports

Passports are often little booklets, but they do not have to be - they can be laminated single sheets, wall charts, a fan of single cards on a keyring, card case clipped to a belt, a mealtime place mat, a tri-fold leaflet etc. The precise form that a Passport takes is not important - what matters is the 'look' of the Passport (it must be attractive and easy to read) and the quality of the content (it must be accurate, up to date, and useful).

Passports generally contain information about a whole range of aspects of the person's life. However, not all Passports need to be 'Full Passports'.

Sometimes it is important to alter the focus and format of a Passport, in response to some particular situation or need, for example to:

  • summarise all of the key information down on to one page (or its equivalent, in different layouts), to make it easier to take in quickly
  • focus in on one particular aspect of a child or adult's life, to highlight its importance, to address a specific concern and/or to give more specific detail (often also on a single page)

More and more, people are looking for small,quick and easy versions of Passports. These can be called 'Mini-Passports'. Various templates are available here.

This trifold leaflet is popular.

Read an article here about use of a 'Single Page Passport', or 'One Page Profile'

Helen Sanderson Associates have developed the use of these single page passports in Health, Social Care, and, more recently, in Education, as part of a Person Centred Planning approach. Single Page Profiles focus on three main areas: What other people like and admire about me; What's important to me and How best to support me. A One Page Profile template  is available.

A Sheffield project on 'giving children a voice' has produced a load of templates (in Word) for fun mini one-page profiles that will really appeal to children and motivate them to partipate in creating their own Passport.

My Hospital Passport (NAS)

A Passport variant has been developed to help people with autism who might need hospital treatment and/or who need to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

You can download the Hospital Passport template here  Read more about the ideas behind it, and download Guidance for its use, from the National Autistic Society website

This was developed by Baroness Angela Browning - an NAS Vice President - in collaboration with The National Autistic Society. NAS is currently setting up a research project to evaluate the use of these Hospital Passports, so the resuts of that in a year or two should make interesting reading.


Mealtime Passport Place Mats

Angela Crocker, a speech and language therapist in Belfast, has been pioneering Personalised Place Mats as a simple and effective way of summarising the information that can help adults with learning disabilities to positive, safe and successful mealtimes. Learn more about Personalised Placemats and download of a Placemat Template, with instructions

This is a form of 'Specialised Passport' or 'Single Focus Passport', in this case for eating and drinking; (could also be for such as IT access; behaviour triggers; using my vision; my medication; or topics where photos are needed to permit correct positioning and/or equipment use).

Not everyone would necessarily use the term 'Passport' for one of the above documents. But whatever 'name' is used, the principle is the same, i.e. important information distilled into a simple and easily accessible format.