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Personal Communication Passports

Personal Communication Passports provide a practical, person-centred way to share key information for children and adults with communication support needs, who cannot effectively speak for themselves. Passports are a way of making sense of assessment information, pulling complex information together, and recording the important things about a person in an attractive and accessible format.

They are easy to read, informative, useful and fun, and have become widely used in home, care, social work, health and education settings. They have a particularly important role to play in supporting transitions between services.



10th May 2018
University of Edinburgh

Morning Seminar £40
(9:30am - 12:30pm)

with Workshop £80
(1:30pm - 3:30pm)

What you will learn

Morning seminar

  • How to gather relevant information
    and to create the Passports using templates
  • How to involve people with communication support needs
    in the design of the Passport
  • Principles of good practice
    including interdisciplinary team collaboration
  • Auditing Quality/Minimum Standards
  • Creating simple multimedia Passports using PowerPoint
  • Options for making Passports using eBooks and tablet-based Apps

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Additional Support Needs staff in all sectors of Education including VI Specialists and class teachers
  • Pre-school staff
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff
  • Speech and Language Therapy staff
  • Support Workers including respite care staff
  • Parents and other family members

Afternoon workshop (optional)

The afternoon session will be capped at a maximum of 16 participants. No prior knowledge or expertise is required. You will get the chance to have hands on practice with Windows laptops and iPads using the software, apps and resources that have been talked about in the morning session.

You will have time to explore, ask questions, share ideas and take home ideas that can be immediately embedded into your practice and support of someone who requires a Personal Communication Passport.

Meet your presenter(s)

Gillian Mcneill
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Gillian’s specialism is in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, drawn from 25 years working within a regional AAC team in Fife, before joining CALL Scotland in 2011. Through this she has built experience from developing a multi-agency AAC partnership, carrying out assessments, implementing support services, delivering training and contributing to AAC projects. Having worked with people with complex communication support needs of all ages - children and adults - her key area of interest presently, is supporting pupils to access learning and communication, through technology.

What the research says

To be updated.


About the day

Morning Seminar

  • Duration: 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Class size: No more than 50
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.

Afternoon Workshop (optional)

  • Duration: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Class size: No more than 16
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.


  • Room: , University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ