How To Get The Most From This Site

Hello and welcome to the Autism RPP hub. Thank you for taking the time to read this page, it contains useful information about how the site is organised and how you can contribute and get the most from the site.

The website has a basic structure of discussions, articles and resources on Autism. Group Discussions are split into three key groups; Research, Policy and Practice. These groups are not intended to be mutually exclusive, rather, we encourage you to read topics and engage in dialogue across all three areas of discourse.

Site Overview

Home / Front Page

The front page of the site presents a 'dashboard overview' of key areas of the site. The elements in the header of the page are common to all pages of the site, they are the search form, menus and Autism RPP logo. Beneath, the most recent Group Discussions created are shown. This is a handy overview of recent content that you may be interested in reading.

Likewise, below the Groups summary, the latest published news, articles and resources are shown. It is wise to visit this front page often to get a quick snapshot of the latest happenings on the site.

Group Discussions

As illustrated on the front page, Group Discussions are presented in three key groups; Research, Policy and Practice. Each group is represented by a unique colour, making it easy to identify content from different groups on the Groups overview page (accessed by clicking 'Group Discussions' in the main menu). You may also visit each of the groups independently, viewing just the content from that group.

Clicking on 'Group Discussions', or on any of the three groups individually, will present a list of the most recently added discussions. These are presented in summary form, clicking on a discussion title opens the topic in full view.

Group Discussions are an important part of the site because they can be created by any registered user (pending moderation). We encourage you to participate in these discussions, either by commenting on existing topics or by creating your own.


All the latest news, pertaining either to the site itself or autism on a broader level.

Articles & Resources

Here you will find an archive of articles & resources relating to autism. If you are looking for the latest guidelines or research, you will find them here. Please note the distinction between an article and resource. An article usually contains information that you can read on the Autism RPP site itself, a resource on the other hand will usually be accompanied by a download or external link.

The list of articles and resources presented here is growing all the time, to make it easier to get to what you want quickly, content is categorised and sorted alphabetically within categories. Additionally, we provide two drop-down select boxes for refining the content shown.

To the right of the main page title, you will find a category filter select box. Simply choose the category you're interested in to see just the articles and resources that belong to that category. On the right-hand side of the page, the top-most element of the sidebar is a 'Quick Select' drop-down. Clicking here displays the titles of all articles and resources as well as the categories they belong to. Clicking any title takes you directly to that piece of content. If you know the title of the article or resource you're looking for - this is a very quick way of getting to it.


A list of answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you have a specific query that is not answered here, please get in touch with us directly.

Registering & Contributing To The Site

To contribute, you must be a registered user, creating an account takes less than a minute and doing so will improve your experience of the site.

You can add your voice to the Autism RPP site in two ways. You can create new discussions for other users to read and comment on and you can add comments to existing discussions.

Create A Group Discussion

After logging in, you will notice that certain parts of the site change, reflecting the fact that the system is now able to identify you as a registered user. For example, you will find a new panel within the site's right-hand sidebar titled "Start A Discussion". Inside the panel is a link to create a new "Group Discussion". Clicking this will lead to a content creation screen where you can input your text.

The fields available are:

  • Title (required) - Enter an appropriate title for your content (look at existing Group Discussions to get an idea)
  • Category - Choose the category which most closely represents the topic you'd like to discuss
  • Groups Audience (required) - Select which group your content will be displayed in (please select only one)
  • Body (required) - Type the main body of your post here
  • Tags - Enter a few keywords to help others understand what your post is about.

After you have filled in all of the required fields, you may Save or Preview your post. Previewing lets you see how the post will look once published, you can make further changes if you need to. Once you have finished composing your post, click Save.

Unless you have been granted special permissions, your submission will enter a moderation queue. Your submission will be reviewed by a moderator and published by them if no issues are found or concerns flagged.

Unless you have been granted special permissions, your submission will enter a moderation queue. Your submission will be reviewed by a moderator and published by them if no issues are found or concerns flagged.

Add A Comment

As a registered user, you can comment on any Group Discussion. Comments are always listed below the main post and are presented in chronological order. New comments always appear at the end of the list unless they are replies to earlier comments, in this instance, they are nested underneath the comment being replied to.

You have the option of editing your comments at any time after you have published them.

Other Features Available to Registered Users

Group Notifications / Subscriptions

If you are registered and logged in, you will find at the top of each group page a button labelled "Receive Group Notifications". If you elect to receive notifications, you will be notified by e-mail whenever a new discussion or comment is posted within that group.

Please note, each group has its own notification toggle - if you want to receive notifications from all three groups, you need to turn on notifications for each group separately.

Because the notification buttons are toggles, if you have already elected to receive notifications, the button label will read 'Stop group notifications'. Clicking the button always performs the labelled action.

You can manage existing subscriptions in one place by visiting 'Your Account' and clicking the 'Subscriptions' tab.


Due to the increasing amount of content available on the site, we have implemented a bookmarking feature to make it easier for users to catalogue the news posts, articles and resources that are most relevant to them. These types of content have a 'Bookmark this' link below their main body. Like notifications, these buttons are toggles.

Any content you have bookmarked will appear in Your Account under the 'Bookmarks' tab.

Please note that these bookmarks are separate to those stored in your browser, they are only accessible from your account when logged in to the site.

Personal Contact Forms

As a registered user, your personal contact form is enabled by default. This means that any user who visits your profile can contact you via a personal contact form. Your e-mail address is never displayed to users, but be aware that replying to an e-mail sent via the Autism RPP website will reveal your e-mail address to the original sender.

Should you wish to disable your personal contact form completely, you can do so by changing the appropriate setting on your profile. To edit your profile, visit your account then click on the 'Edit' tab. About half way down this page, you will see a checkbox with the label 'Personal contact form'. Uncheck the box and save to disable.

Search and Advanced Search

As noted previously, the basic search form appears at the top of every page on the Autism RPP website. You can type a word or phrase here, press return, and the entire site will be searched for matches.

On the search page, an advanced search is available. This allows fine grain control over which content types to search as well as words to exclude. Please note that advanced search will never return more results than a basic search, it is only useful if you wish to refine your search results.


This refers to the specific location and URL of particular post / comment. The permalink will in effect always stay permanent, no matter how many comments or posts there are. In Windows you can right click on the permalink with your mouse and save, bookmark or copy the link location. This will allow you to permanently go back to that particular post.

Site Map

This site map provides a visual model of this website's content and structure. It also provides RSS feeds for certain sections of the site, where available. This can be especially useful if you want to keep up to date with the frequency of tags for a particular item.