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Autism passport

Many older autistic people do not receive support or advocacy, over the years, many have learned to mask their autistic traits, so they are not obvious and others may fail to recognise or accept them. These “hidden” problems can place people with autism at a disadvantage in situations where their health, welfare or employment needs are being evaluated. 

The new “Passport to individual autism support” is a simple, at a glance document which explains the communication, sensory and support needs of the individual carrying it. It is designed to be carried by adults who find it difficult to explain their needs when in stressful situations, such as meetings and interviews.

The passport can be filled in easily and can be presented in any situation, to social, health or employment professionals. This will inform them of the specific needs of the individual and help them make the necessary adjustments to deliver a tailored and effective service.

You can download a copy of the autism passport here

Author: The National Autistic Society

Date added: 8th November 2013

Comments

Tue, 17/09/2019 - 09:15

This is excellent.  My 20-year-old daughter has just been diagnosed with an ASC.  She is academically very able and to outsiders seems very high-functioning - but she is very limited by her ability to understand and/or articulate her difficulties and stressors. 

The passport's tickbox style offers a simple and direct way for her (and others like her) to recognise those areas that challenge or trigger, and to communicate them clearly, without the need for discussion, confusion, overstimulation or meltdown/withdrawal. 

In the immediate term (while she is mostly housebound, and processing/accepting her diagnosis) I believe it's simplicity will also act as a quick reference guide/reminder that those areas she struggles with are very real, are valid and are shared by many others like her.

Many thanks to those who devised this!