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This page gives you help in using this website. From access keys to registering a new service, it's all in easy to follow steps.

The topics this help section covers are:

Using the site

Adding to the site



There are a series of navigational links that appear at the top and at the footer of every page.

Takes you to the initial Welcome page, with the map.
Add Content
Find out how to contribute information, such as events, resources, projects, and services, to the community driven website, Check The Map.
LD Resources
This page lists external learning disability resources such as books and websites, which have been recommended by the team and members of the public.
View a calendar of learning disability events online, in the UK, and Ireland.
About this site
Find out background information on why was created.
Contact Us
Click this if you would like to email the team.
Takes you to the start of this help section.
Print the page you are currently viewing.
Site Map
The site map is a series of links which detail all of the pages website. This does not include individual services.

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Access Keys

These commands are designed to help users by providing keyboard shortcuts to the main links within the website. The activation of these are dependent upon which Internet browser you are using.

Here is a list of Access Keys used within this site;


Skip to content
Quick search input box and search button
Personal Link bar, e.g. Sign in, My Folder, Sign out
Tab Area, i.e. Home, Resources, About, Help, Contact Us

Welcome Page

View services by region:

All services
North West England
North East England
South West England
South East England
N. Ireland

Editable Area - e.g. when entering events or services

Edit Tab
Properties Tab
View Tab
Contents Tab

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Visit the glossary page for a list of terms, abbreviations and acronyms used on the website and other Learning Disability resources.


Searching the entire website

There are two ways to search within Check The Map.

In addition to searching for services, you can search for any text in any page on the Check The Map website.

  1. An inactive example:

    This search area can be found at the top of every page. This will satisfy the majority of your search needs. You can perform free text searches of the title, description, and body of each document, including individual service items.

  2. Advanced Search

If you require more specific search criteria you can then navigate to the Advanced Search form via a link from the search results page. Quick Search and Advanced Searches can accommodate the use of AND & OR to combine search terms.

Advanced Searches can be restricted to be within certain sections of a document, i.e.

  • Title
  • Description
  • Search Text - Content, Title, and Description

Whilst the documents can also be selected by the following parameters;

  • New items - since Last log-in, Yesterday, Last week, and Last month
  • Item type

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Registration / Joining

To add content to the website you must first register as a member. Once you have registered you will need to sign in whenever you wish to create or manage your services and or events. Registration is not required to view the website.

There are a couple of links to enable you to join. You will only be able to see these links when you are not signed in.

  1. The green personal links bar at the top of the page

  2. In the body of the Welcome/Home page

These links all take you to the Registration Form, where you can become a member. Here you will be asked to enter you full name, a user name, and your e-mail address. All of these items, except your full name, are required to successfully register.

Registration Form (an inactive example)

Personal Details
Enter full name, eg. John Smith.
Enter a user name, usually something like 'jsmith'. No spaces or special characters. Usernames and passwords are case sensitive, make sure the caps lock key is not enabled. This is the name used to sign in.
Enter an email address. Please make sure this is a currently used address and do type carefully! Your password will be sent to this address once you have registered. We respect your privacy, and will not give the address away to any third parties or expose it anywhere.
A password will be generated and e-mailed to you to complete the registration process.

Once you have submitted your details by pressing the Register button, a generated password will be emailed to you. When you receive your email you will then be able to return and sign into the site with your details.

After you have successfully signed in for the first time you will be given the opportunity to select a new password.

An inactive example of the form you will see is below:

Password Details
Enter your new password. Minimum 5 characters.
Enter your new password again. The passwords must be identical.

Here you will need to enter your chosen password. Repeating the entry, to ensure you have entered it correctly.

Please note that your chosen user name and password will be required every time you wish to manage the items you have entered, or to add new ones. You will not be required to sign in to browse the website. Your user name and password are also case sensitive. Hence, janv is not the same as JanV.

You will then be able to set your personal preferences or go to your folder, where you will be able to enter information about items you wish to add to the resource.

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Sign out

When you have finished managing your member items, please always sign out of the member area. This can be achieved by following the Sign Out link, which is at the end of the Personal Link bar.

  • Sue Perman
  • My Folder
  • My Preferences
  • Sign out

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Member Area

To enter the member area you need to have joined/registered with the site, and also be signed in. Within the member area you can register new resources with and manage existing ones. When you have finished using the member area always please don't forget to sign out.

When you sign in you will notice that the Personal Bar changes. Several new options will appear. These options are described below.


Personal Bar Links

Your user name (Home Page) 

Every member has a home page created for them when they register with . Optionally, you can choose to describe yourself here. Your username in the Personal Bar links to this page.

My Folder 

This link takes you to your personal member area. From here you can create and manage your own items. Create service descriptions and announce events. As well as customise your member home page.

My Preferences 

Here you can change your password, as well as update your email address and full name.


How to add new services to Check The Map

To add details of a service to the site you firstly need to have joined/registered with the site and also be signed in.

You must be within your member folder to enter new resources. Here's how to do it.

  1. Firstly, click on My Folder
  2. Next click Add New Service
  3. Now enter the service's information
    This represents part of the service page's web address. If left blank the ID/short name will be generated for you. (Optional)
    This appears at the start of the page and the title bar of the browser. This can contain spaces.
    Service Name
    This should be the full business name of the service you are describing.
    This is the region that this service is based in.
    Describes the type of service that your organisation provides.
    Enter each line of the address on a new line.
    Enter the full town name where this service is based.
    It is very important to include the full and correct postcode.
    Telephone number
    Please include the full number including dialling code.
    Either the company's or the contact's email address. (Optional)
    Contact First Name
    The first name of the person whom people interested in this service should contact.
    Contact Last Name
    Please include the contact's surname.
    Service Description
    A short description of what this organisation does. (Optional)
    Indicate whether this service is targeted towards everyone, adults or children.
    State whether this service is free, or if there are costs associated with it. If so please give details here. (Optional)
    Organisation's web site address (Optional)
  4. Click Save.

If you have more than one branch of your organisation, please add each, one by one, as a separate service. It will help visitors locate you more easily when searching by postcode or town.


How to add new events to Check The Map

To add details of an event to the site you firstly need to have joined/registered with the site and also be signed in.

You must be within your member folder to enter new events. Here's how to do it.

  1. Firstly, click on My Folder
  2. Next click Add New Event
  3. Now enter the event's information
    Short Name
    This represents part of the resulting event's web page address. If left blank the ID/short name will be generated for you. (Optional)
    The full name of your event.
    Event Location
    Please enter the town and county of your event. If the event is web based please enter Online instead.
    Event Type
    Select one or more of the listed event types which apply to your event. To select more than more than one event type: press the Ctrl (or Apple key on a Mac) key whilst selecting each type required.
    It is very important to create a concise summary of your event. This should be no more than 100 words long and aim to attract visitors to your event.
    Event URL
    Web site address where further details about this event can be found (Optional)
    Event Starts
    Please enter the start date and time of your event
    Event Ends
    Please enter the end date and time of your event. Please be sure to use the 24 hour clock. For example if your event ends at 4pm please enter 16:00
    Contact Name
    Please include the contact's full name.
    Contact E-mail
    Either the organisation's or the contact's email address. (Optional)
    Contact Phone
    Please include the full number including dialling code.
  4. Click Save.

For each individual event please create a separate event item.


How to publish the details of your service/event

Visitors to Check The Map can only see published items when they search. Once you have created a new item, (e.g. service or event) and you are happy with it, you will need to request publication of the item before it can become visible to the public. You can do this in either of the following two ways.

  1. Individual Items
    • Enter your member area, by clicking on My Folder in the Personal Bar
    • Click on the name of the item you wish to have published, so that it can be seen by visitors to Check The Map.
    • Click on the State link
    • Select Request Publication
  2. To publish multiple items
    • Enter your member area, by clicking on My Folder in the Personal Bar
    • Check the box(es) next to the item(s) you wish to have published
    • Click on the Change State button
    • Go to the Change State section
    • Select Request Publication
    • Click the Save button

After your item has been submitted it will be reviewed and either approved or rejected for publication. The time frame for approval varies, but we will always respond as quickly as possible.


How to edit the details of an existing item

You may need to retract an item, making it not visible to members of the public. This is required when you need to amend/edit an item once it is in the Pending (awaiting approval) or Published state.

How to retract an item is described below:

  1. Individual Items
    • Enter your member area, by clicking on My Folder in the Personal Bar
    • Click on the item name you wish to retract
    • Click on the State link
    • Select Make Editable
  2. How to retract more than one item
    • Enter your member area, by clicking on My Folder in the Personal Bar
    • Check the box(es) next to the item(s) you wish to retract
    • Click on the Change State button
    • Go to the Change State section
    • Select Make Editable
    • Click the Save button

There will come a time when you wish to amend or delete an item that you have created. For example to update a telephone number or change the contact name. Here's how;


Amending a resource is much the same as creating one.

  1. Click on My Folder
  2. Where the item's state is pending or published, firstly make the item editable.
  3. Click on the name of the item you wish to amend
  4. Change the incorrect/outdated information
  5. Click Save

How to delete an existing item

Be very careful when deleting items as it is not always possible to undo the deletion. When you are sure that you no longer wish to have the information stored on this website, follow the steps described below.

Please note that if you only wish to temporarily hide an item you can retract it, from the public domain, instead of permanently deleting it.

  1. Click on My Folder
  2. Check the box next to the name of the item you wish to permanently delete
  3. Click the Delete button

If you accidentally delete an event, service or other item contact the site administrator, as soon as possible. Where possible your item will be retrieved.

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We hope you've found this section helpful and easy to follow. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.


Point symbols

What does Point do?

Point shows a 'symbol tooltip' whenever you hold your mouse pointer over a word. The symbols in the tooltip box illustrate the concept of the word.

Why should I use Point?

Point can help people with dyslexia, groups who are learning to read and those who don't have English as their first language. Having the symbols appear next to a word is also a useful prompt for anyone reading new or unfamiliar words.

How do I turn Point on and off?

At the top of every page on this website, you will see the 'Enable/Disable Point' button. Click the button to turn Point on and off.

What do I need to use Point symbols

You need to have Javascript and Flash as well as a mouse to use Point symbols.

Who made Point?

Point is a new website plug-in from Widgit. Widgit have pioneered the use of symbols to support learning and communication for more than 25 years and remain at the leading edge of development in the field.

With Point, Widgit hopes to extend access to the internet to a much wider range of readers. Widgit have always believed that no matter what your level of reading, you should have fair and equal access to text-based materials.

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