What's Happening: The Down syndrome Awareness Weekend Blog Hop

It's that time of the year again – October! With the leaves turning crispy and colorful in other states of this country and with the air turning degrees cooler, we are also brought National Down syndrome Awareness Month (courtesy, I believe, of the Reagan Administration).


This year, my friend,  the Unknown Contributor, and I will be hosting a Ds Awareness Blog Hop as a part of the T21 Writer's Alliance.

First things first: What is a Blog Hop?
A blog hop is when bloggers enter their url and blog name in a “linky”, which comes up as a collected list. From there, bloggers click and follow other members on the list to read their posts.
A blog hop is a pretty fantastic way of meeting new bloggers, connecting with friends from your niche.

October Down syndrome Weekend Blog Hop

The point of the October Down syndrome Weekend Blog Hop is raise awareness regarding Down syndrome, connect the Down syndrome blogging community and to inspire our blogging selves with the our collective awesomeness!


Those of you that are participating in the 31-for-21 Blogging Marathon, please select the one post you liked best that you posted in the course of the week and share that on the Hop.


For those of you that are not participating in 31-for-21, please select either a new post or a favorite past post and share that.


For Those of You that Like Prompts:

Ellen Stumbo has shared optional prompts for the hops. They are:

Oct 5 – 7:  A defining moment
Oct 12-14: If I knew then what I know now
Oct 19-21: Celebrating milestones
Oct 26-28:  What I look forward to

These (wonderful) prompts are entirely optional: follow them if you'd like.


Blog Hop Button:

Share this Hop! The more the merrier!


Blog Hop Code:

There will be a link "get code" at the bottom of each blog hop – it would be great to click, copy and paste the code to your own blog. When you do that, you yourself become a host for the Blog Hop. You help share the diversity of expression, thought and belief in our writing community when you include the voices of everyone else in the Hop.


From NDSS:

The National Down syndrome Society has created a Blogger Guide – which includes links to a preferred language guide, resources and lots of suggestions for doing more – and springboarding to greater action. Check it out HERE.


And 31-for-21:

31 for 21 is a daily blogging endeavor to raise awareness about Down syndrome. To participate and/or learn more, please visit 31-for-21 at Big Blueberry Eyes




Other relevant links:

Down syndrome Blogs

T 21 Writers Alliance – The International Alliance of Writers for Down syndrome

facebook page

informal facebook group page



Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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