Before It’s Too Late: A PrAACtical Resource for Emergency Situations
We’re in the first month of hurricane season and preparedness is very much on our minds. With that in mind, we thought it was a good idea to share a link to this important resource. The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust funded the development of this Communication Passport which is disseminated via the Widgit Symbol website.
This Communication Passport is designed to give important information about a person who uses AAC to healthcare professionals and first responders in case of accident or emergency. It uses a stoplight metaphor to guide the partner through important information, such as emergency contacts, health conditions, medications, how the person takes their medication, how to communicate with the person, and more.
Even those who are always accompanied by a familiar adult, such as a child, could benefit from this tool. In an emergency situation, there is often confusion and having all the key information in one easy-to-read document could literally be a lifesaver.
Communication Passports don’t seem to be as common here in the US as they are in the UK, Canada, and other places, which is a shame because they are so useful. Like many things, the need for a document like this often doesn’t become obvious until it is too late.
Filed under: PrAACtical Thinking
This post was written by Carole Zangari