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Sharing Information with Others through Personal Communication Passports

Personal Communication Passports provide a practical, person-centred way for individuals with communication support needs, who cannot effectively speak for themselves, to share key information with others. A Passport contains important information about an individual, which is presented in a simple and accessible format. They are easy to read, informative, useful, can be 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 an individual at times of transition, so that information is made available to services and staff.

This session will cover both the rationale for setting up and guidance on creating a Passport, using different formats and templates. We will discuss ways to collaborate with parents, carers and staff on the content and design, as well as facilitating input from individuals with communication support needs. There will be demonstration of different options for printed and digital Passport formats, and resources for sharing.



4th November 2021
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To understand the rationale for using Personal Communication Passports.
  • To learn how to gather information, create Passports, using different formats and templates.
  • To understand the principles of good practice, including team collaboration.
  • To explore options for making Passports in both printed and digital format (with multimedia content).
  • To know where to find resources and access further learning.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

    ASN staff in all sectors of Education; including:

  • ASN and Class Teachers
  • Pre-school staff
  • ITE and PG students, NQTs
  • Other health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff; including: Speech and Language Therapists, Support Workers and respite care staff

Meet your presenter(s)

Joanna Courtney
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 18 years' experience of working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, spending her first 7 years working in a Special School. She has an Honours degree (BSc) in Speech and Language Pathology from Queen Margaret University and her particular area of interest is enabling peer interaction and group opportunities for people who use AAC.

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.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).