A personal profile is a document that brings together all the most important information about you so that anyone teaching or working with you can make sure they’re supporting you in the best way possible.
Personal profiles aren’t just for school, college, university or work – they can be useful in other situations like sports clubs and health appointments.
Tips on writing a personal profile
- Be as exact and detailed as possible. For example, don’t say ‘I need to take regular breaks’ say ‘I need to take a five minute break for every hour of listening’.
- Don't say more than you need to - the really important stuff might get missed if you write too much.
- Update at least once a year. The start of a new school year is a good time as your new teachers/tutors and classmates might not be as deaf aware as you'd like them to be.
- Don’t include information that is too personal in case it means you don't want to share the profile with many people. You can tell a member of staff this information in a different way (e.g. face-to-face or in a letter) that will be more private.
- Create different passports for different situations. What you tell your teachers/tutors might be very different to what your sports coach needs to know. You can read an example of a personal passport created for a football club here.
Tips on using our templates
- You'll need Microsoft Word, or a free program that can open .doc files like Open Office or Google Docs, to be able to fill in the templates, and Adobe Reader to be able to download the examples.
- The grey text in square brackets is just suggestions for what you might want to say. The idea is for you to delete the existing text and replace with whatever you want.
- You can increase the size of the boxes easily (the rest of the content will just shift down the page) so you can give as much information as you need to.
- You can change the section headings and add or delete sections. The template is just a starting point which you can change to suit your needs.
- If you want to you can change the font size, colour, style etc. of the text in each section to make it more personal.
Templates and examples
See Breaking down barriers to employment.