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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

UK & Ireland's "Deaf Alerter"

You Are What You Think!

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May Is Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Sign Language Awareness

NZSL in Action Awards link

Click here to learn & watch videos too:
http://www.deaf.org.nz/nz-sign-language

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week - a celebration of one of the country's official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
The week is a platform for the Deaf community to stand proud as Deaf and promote their language and culture.
NZSL Week also gives Deaf Aotearoa an opportunity to reaffirm the rights of Deaf people as defined by the UN's Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We are inviting New Zealanders to Learn 25 Signs and go into a draw to win spot prizes
Sign Up for a FREE NZSL Taster Class. These classes are extremely popular so book your class now.
pdf icon Schools registration form
pdf icon Business/Organisation registration form

If you can't make a class don't worry! during NZSL Week everyone will have an opportunity to complete our Online NZSL Taster Class. This will be live 13 - 19 May 2013.
Remember: everyone who participates in a NZSL Taster Class (either live or on this site) can then complete a short online quiz to go into the draw to win spot prizes.

You Were A Good Idea!

Bob Walker's Monthlong Walk To Bring Awareness To ASL

Local man prepares for monthlong walk supporting ASL

Click here to read more:
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/community/people/article_1464b92d-04b8-590e-ba52-a52c94dbfb58.html


To promote American Sign Language, local resident Bob Walker and six others hit the pavement Sunday, conversing through hand motions as they went.
For Walker, the roughly four miles he covered is only the start of his journey to raise awareness of sign language and the deaf community. Walker, 74, is planning to spend the month of May traveling more than 400 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
On foot.

“I am walking for ASL because I earnestly want the hearing Americans to recognize our basic everyday language known as ASL,” Walker is quoted on the walk’s website as saying. “We are comfortable with our language and we want the Americans to accept our language as official.”

In an online petition effort launched in November, almost 35,000 people have asked the White House to recognize sign language as a community language.

“ASL is still considered ‘foreign’ and not given the respect and protection it needs. Many states have passed laws allowing credit for ASL classes as a foreign language but they have stopped short of recognizing its benefits as a language of instruction in schools,” the petition states.

Several of the walkers Sunday said deaf people can face obstacles both in academic and work settings.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Celebrating Deaf Arts Canada, May 11th

ASL-Phabet.com "The Signing Dictionary For Kids"

Do You Know What It Means To Be Deaf Friendly?



Click here to learn more:
http://deafreview.com/deafreview-news/do-you-know-what-it-means-to-be-deaf-friendly/

You know what a cost-benefit analysis is. You have your accountant’s telephone number on speed-dial. You even know how to expertly run a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. But, do you know what it means to be a deaf-friendly business?

Deaf-friendliness can mean different things to different people. Some perceive it emotionally, such as effortless empathy from hearing people who intuitively know how to meet our needs. Others see it as providing accessibility through communication or technology needs. As a bare minimum, deaf-friendliness includes eye contact, clear speech, patience, and willingness to accommodate a variety of communication needs. Contrary to popular opinion, deafness is not absolute: It has a stunningly wide range of sound perception.

This variation is why accommodation needs also vary widely amongst those in the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing (HH) community. Here is a running list of a few accommodation requests and needs that you, as a business owner, may get from your deaf or HH customers and clientele:

Understanding Deaf Culture By Paddy Ladd



http://www.amazon.ca/Understanding-Deaf-Culture-Search-Deafhood/dp/1853595454

This text presents a "Traveller's Guide" to deaf culture, starting from the premise that deaf cultures have an important contribution to make to other academic disciplines, and human lives in general. Within and outside deaf communities, there is a need for an account of the new concept of deaf culture, which enables readers to assess its place alongside work on other minority cultures and multilingual discourses. The book aims to assess the concepts of culture, on their own terms and in their many guises and to apply these to deaf communities. The author illustrates the pitfalls which have been created for those communities by the medical concept of "deafness" and contrasts this with his new concept of "deafhood", a process by which every deaf child, family and adult implicitly explains their existance in the world to themselves and each other.

About the Author

Paddy Ladd is a Lecturer and MSc co-ordinator at the Centre for Deaf Studies in the University of Bristol. He completed his PhD in Deaf Culture at Bristol University in 1998 and has written, edited and contributed to numerous publications in the field. Both his writings and his Deaf activism have received international recognition, and in 1998 he was awarded the Deaf Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Deaf People, for activities which have extended the possibilities for Deaf communities both in the UK and worldwide.

Attend Deafhood Workshops:
http://www.deafhoodfoundation.org/Deafhood/Learn.html

Click here to support the Deafhood Foundation:
http://www.deafhoodfoundation.org/Deafhood/Home.html

"Tamales de Puerco" New Play Incorporates ASL, Los Angeles

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http://deafnewstoday.blogspot.ca/2013/04/i-was-ready-to-commit-suicide_28.html

A new play that incorporates ASL into the story is running in Los Angeles this weekend. The Boyle Heights' Casa 0101 Theater production is titled Tamales de Puerco. It's the story of Norma, an illegal immigrant who escapes the abuse of her huband with her deaf son. It's based on the the life of the writer, Mercedes Floresislas. She was homeless, illegal, and raising a deaf son while trying to get her college degree. She tells LA Weekly that when her son was still a toddler:
I went to specialists and they told me the silliest things you've ever heard: "He's got a little Down's Syndrome" or "He's just lazy." No, he was deaf. That's all he was... I was ready to commit suicide because I didn't see a way out. After I became a therapist, hearing those stories from my deaf clients -- they would blame themselves for anything. "Mom died because I'm deaf," or "It was my fault Mom went away." ...And now, it's completely different. My son is 17, and he's in the play. I'm in a really nice place in my life right now -- just to see how things worked out for my boy. It's a good thing I stuck around... One of the beautiful people in the deaf community told me when my son looks at himself in the mirror, he doesn't see me -- he sees his father. So I have to somehow bring his father into the deaf community and have him be there for him. His father is able to communicate at least through spelling.
The last show is today at 5pm. Find out about tickets here. Read more of the interview here.

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http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2013/04/mercedes_floresislas_tamales_d.php

Sunday, 28 April 2013

2013 CODA 30th International Conference In New Orleans

The Last Sunday of April Is "Mother Father Deaf Day" Via CODA's

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In order to honor our heritage and celebrate our legacy the last Sunday of April was established as Mother Father Deaf Day. Various activities and local events are planned to include families, parents, children and significant others. This is also a day to share information about CODA International and KODA to attendees. As the popularity of this event has grown activities are planned throughout the month of April in order to not overlap with holidays and to allow for local area needs. If you have a local event or want to publicize your event, submit your information to the publications committee so that it can be included on the CODA website.
http://coda-international.org/blog/mother-father-deaf-day-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChildrenOfDeafAdults+%28Children+of+Deaf+Adults+International+Inc.%29


Picnic in San Diego California
Picnic in Lorton, Virginia

"Perseverance and Love for ASL and Deaf Culture" By Paul Scearce

Photo: Here is my new De'VIA artwork, "Perseverance and Love for ASL and Deaf Culture"

De'VIA artwork, "Perseverance and Love for ASL and Deaf Culture"

Passages Deaf Travel -- Deaf Freedom Cruise 2014

Photo: www.passagesdeaftravel.com/dfc2012 - Advertisement to start in International Deaf Magazines soon! Sign Up Today...Selling out fast!

www.passagesdeaftravel.com/dfc2012 - Advertisement to start in International Deaf Magazines soon! Sign Up Today...Selling out fast!

Recognition Of Irish Sign Language As An Official Language Was Passed!

Prosperous Cumann motion for recognition of Irish Sign Language as an official language was passed at the Ard Fheis.. Gerry Smith spoke very well on the motion at the session. Well done and congratulations Gerry. Big thanks to all the other cumann who helped get the motion on the Clár. Time to celebrate now.!!
 
Click here to learn more about ISL

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Hands Clock

1860's Mini Silver Plated French Auricles

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A delightful pair of miniature silver plated French auricles dating to the 1860s. Most unusual in that they come in two sections which are secured with a small screw and which allow rotation of the ear piece to fit the user.

ASL Back-Channeling

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ASL Back-Channeling: Nodding in response to ASL discourse should not automatically be interpreted as agreement nor disagreement but instead is used as a manner of communicating understanding of the content being signed: called Backchanneling. It is important to be aware of this when interpreting as people unfamiliar with Deaf Culture can misinterpret this.

1900's Model Of The Human Inner Ears

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Anatomical Model of the Pair of Human Inner Ears (cochlea and semicircular canals) ca. 1900, H. Reiner, Austrian.

Deaf Kid Pros...

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ASL & English Alphabet Printing Worksheets

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Click here for the whole ASL Alphabet:
http://twistynoodle.com/aa-aa-aa-3-worksheet/

De'VIA art, "Angel of Eyeth" By Paul Scearce

Here is my new De'VIA art, "Angel of Eyeth" ~ I probably will work on it more like add a background. I'm not sure. Should I?

Get Up & Change It!

Photo: ~ via Doctor Of Laughter ~

1st Legally Deaf NBA Player In History!

Photo: Another Dream Reacher-

Lance Allred.

First ever legally Deaf NBA player in history.

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”
-Unknown

http://www.asiabasketballupdate.com/1/post/2011/8/lance-allred-to-join-kyoto-hannaryz.html

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20120728-riverside-deaf-nba-player-speaks-to-deaf-kids.ece

Another Dream Reacher-

Lance Allred.

First ever legally Deaf NBA player in history.

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”
-Unknown

http://www.asiabasketballupdate.com/1/post/2011/8/lance-allred-to-join-kyoto-hannaryz.html

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20120728-riverside-deaf-nba-player-speaks-to-deaf-kids.ece
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Understanding!

Photo: More picture quotes: www.pinterest.com/dodinsky , www.PositiveOutlooksBlog.com

I Support Sign Language!

Photo: I  agree :).

Bring VRS To Canada


Rochester, Greece Central School Districts Hosting Language & Culture Expo May 3rd

Photo: Rochester folks, Greece Central School Districts is hosting a Language and Culture Expo on May 3rd from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. $5 Admission. Proceeds to go to Discovering Deaf Worlds, GlobeMed, Tenderfeet Education Centre, and Ethiopia Reads. Please come join us!

Rochester folks, Greece Central School Districts is hosting a Language and Culture Expo on May 3rd from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. $5 Admission. Proceeds to go to Discovering Deaf Worlds, GlobeMed, Tenderfeet Education Centre, and Ethiopia Reads. Please come join us!

Deaf Vs. Hearing Introduction


Brazilian Sign Language

Photo: From Brazil :).

if you interesting Brazilian Sign Language.

Never Sacrifice Your Class...

Photo: Join Positive Outlooks community!

Beautiful Sign Language!

“It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people."
-George Veditz

Thanks for all you do to support this man's hope!



http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/sign-language-to-interpret-world-of-hearing-impaired/article387450.ece

http://clas.uiowa.edu/dwllc/asl

http://www.life123.com/parenting/education/sign-language/the-advantages-of-learning-sign-language.shtml

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2010/03/sign-language_performer_patric.html

“It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people."
-George Veditz

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

RECOGNITION OF GH. SIGN LANGUAGE (GhSL): "Linguistic Human Right"



Click here to sign the petition:
http://www.petitions24.com/recognition_of_sign_language_in_ghana_linguistic_human_rights

RECOGNITION OF GH. SIGN LANGUAGE (GhSL): "Linguistic Human Right"

Sign language is ‘our pride’, ‘our language’, ‘our culture’ and ‘our life’. Where it is unavailable our life is ‘short-lived’; when not known we are ‘discriminated’ and when not valued our ‘right’ infringed upon. Because of the negative societal attitude towards Sign Language, we are persistently subjected to undeserving injustices in the society, in every sphere of life. When we open our beautiful arms for the hands to do the talking the society looks and mocks at us; when one goes to seek assistance the person is tagged ‘beggar’ and  we are seen as illiterate. For those who have these negative perceptions about Deaf we are urging them to put an end to it.
If Ghana has a strong belief in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and if she is a signatory of the convention of Rights of PWD's, then the Linguistic Right; “the right to Sign Language” of Deaf people must be respected. The Ghana Disability Law, though significant lacks the necessary strength to address the situation. It seems the government of Ghana and legislators are ignorant as to the role performed by Sign Language in the lives of Deaf people. If it is the cost that would be involved with implementation, how possible was it for the government to pay gargantuan sums money to doctors, lawyers among other professionals, and even prepared to double it for parliamentarians??
Recognition of sign language as a complete and natural means of communication for deaf people will help Deaf people to become integrated into society and gain access to justice, education and employment.
While Sign Language has been recognized in some countries the world over, the situation is however quiet different in Ghana. There is usually no access to information for Deaf people, which means that they do not even know what is happening in their immediate society and even less so in the world. The Ghanaian sign language is not recognized as one of the many local languages in Ghana and it usage is limited to only the Deaf community.  This has made it difficult for Deaf people in Ghana to develop into a coherent social group and participate in mainstream society. Calls on the government and legislators, as well as, the Commission on Human Rights And Administrative Justice for its support went unheeded.
This is a violation of Deaf peoples RIGHT TO LANGUAGE AND INFORMATION”  as enshrined in chapter (5) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. It also contravenes Article 2; Article 9.2,e; Article 21.b and 21.e; Article 24.3b and 24.3c;and 24.4; Article  30.4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and generally portrays lack of respect to human rights specifically, the ‘linguistic rights’ of Deaf people. “People who are deprived of Linguistic Human Rights may thereby be prevented from enjoying other human rights, including fair political representation, a fair trial, access to education, access to information and freedom of speech, and maintenance of their cultural heritage.“ (Skutnabb-Kangas, Phillipson 1995:2).
The Ghana Disability Act (715) has not been able to address these issues since its passage in 2006. Though significant, it seems to lack the strength necessary to address the challenges Deaf people in Ghana encounter, in terms of communication barriers. The lack of legislative instrument necessary to advance sections (17) and (21) of the GDA Act (715) compounds the prevailing situation of Deaf people in Ghana.
Counting on all well meaning Ghanaians to please join and help support a noble cause for the betterment of all....
Thank you all....

 

Call Me "Interpreter"

Deaf Can Do It Too!

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Never Apologize...

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ASL Acrobatic Dance

"As the listener or the experiencer of the song, you don’t have to hear the music, but you can feel it through the choreography.” Read more here or watch the video below to better understand what Brandon Kazen-Maddox likes to call American Sign Language Acrobatic Dance.

Click here to watch the video:
http://deafnewstoday.blogspo.ca/2013/04/asl-acrobatic-dance.html

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Hall County Jail's Video Phone For Hard-of-Hearing / Deaf Inmates

A closer look at the Hall County Jail's newest technology that accommodates hearing impaired(Deaf) inmates

Raabia Hussain's Film -- Affects Of 9/11 On The Deaf

Photo: Raabia Hussain, Filmmaker and her film; September 11th. It was on newspaper about it. Terrific article about Raabia Hussain, filmmaker and her film!!!

Raabia Hussain, Filmmaker and her film; September 11th. It was on newspaper about it. Terrific article about Raabia Hussain, filmmaker and her film!!!

Student Summer Jobs @ Durham Deaf Services (Ontario, Canada)

FYI: DURHAM DEAF SERVICES,
750 King Street, East, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1G9
Voice: (905) 579-3328 TTY: (905) 579-6495 Fax: (905) 728-1183
JOB POSTING - 2 SUMMER POSITIONS
START DATE: July 2nd to August 23th, 2013 (8 weeks)
POSITION: Day Camp Counsellors
LOCATION: Durham Deaf Services, Oshawa
SALARY & HOURS: $12.00 per hour - 40 hrs per wk for a total of 8 wks
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to ...4:00 p.m. (hours may vary slightly)
RESPONSIBILITIES: The day camp will run for six weeks in total starting
the weeks of July 15th, 22nd, 29th & August 6th, 12th & 19th, 2013.
* planning and implementation of all day camp activities
* organization of all trips & outings
* safety and supervision of children attending the day camp
* recruiting volunteers as needed
* purchasing all materials needed for the day camp
* ensuring all necessary forms are completed by parents/guardians
* ensure all information is provided in both written English &
American Sign Language for both parents & children
* reporting to supervisor any accidents or incidents & completion
of required reports
* completion of weekly reports to be submitted to the supervisor
(see attached job description below).
QUALIFICATIONS: Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
Knowledge of Canadian Deaf Culture
Current first aid & CPR training
Current criminal background check
Good organisational, interpersonal, time management & communication skills
Demonstrated maturity
Ability to work independently
REQUIREMENTS OF HRSDC:
* Must be a student returning to school full-time in September 2013.
* Student living in Durham Region preferred
LINE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Report to the day camp supervisor on-site
& the Executive Director of Durham Deaf Services
This position would be suitable for a person that is looking for
experience in working with Deaf, hard of hearing & hearing children
in a day camp setting. This person will have the opportunity to work
with both Deaf & hearing children using American Sign Language.
This candidate should have a good knowledge of American Sign Language,
Deaf culture, good organizational skills & possess the maturity,
patience & flexibility needed to work with children with special needs.
SEND RESUME & COVER LETTER TO: Yvonne Brown,
Durham Deaf Services, 750 King Street East, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1G9
Fax: (905) 728-1183 E-mail: ybrown@durhamdeaf.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 31st, 2013
The selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Please do not TTY/phone.
Durham Deaf Services is an equal opportunity employer.

NO ONE Was Harmed Growing Up Using Sign Language!

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Not Yours...

Photo: More great quotes: www.PositiveOutlooksBlog.com

Quiet People...

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ILY Glass

Photo: now I m back deaf hands and hearts small business

Deaf Discrimination...

Photo: There are a lot of negative attitudes that affect a deaf person's emotions, social life, at school and at work. There are many people who don’t know very much about deaf culture and their language. They seem to think that deaf people are stupid, awkward and unable to communication. Deaf get discriminated against and rejected when hearing people don't know how to approach them and then don't try. Deaf people tend to focus on the visual, such as their sign language, which means they have to be able to see it. Sometimes hearing people will get in the way between two people’s eye contact then the deaf people are unable to see and know what is going on. Hearing people should give some respect to people who deal with the world differently from them.

There are a lot of negative attitudes that affect a deaf person's emotions, social life, at school and at work. There are many people who don’t know very much about deaf culture and their language. They seem to think that deaf people are stupid, awkward and unable to communication. Deaf get discriminated against and rejected when hearing people don't know how to approach them and then don't try. Deaf people tend to focus on the visual, such as their sign language, which means they have to be able to see it. Sometimes hearing people will get in the way between two people’s eye contact then the deaf people are unable to see and know what is going on. Hearing people should give some respect to people who deal with the world differently from them.See more

Normal Is An Illusion...

Photo: I make decisions that some would consider insane.. Things like, quit a job at the drop of a hat when I know my potential is being held back.  I've done it on several occasions with the confidence that I'm bad ass enough to make things work one way or another and I am still here today!  I, personally,  find it is insane to stay in a situation like that, so I jump ship before it sinks instead of going down with the captain..... It was never my ship (career choice) to begin with anyways, so why hold onto it? 

So as you can see, our ideas of normal are never the same :)  What do you do that may be considered absolutely crazy by society (or your family and friends) but makes more than perfect sense to you?

Sign Language Interpreters Break Down Barriers!



Hey Friends,
Sign language interpreters have always been a huge part of my deaf culture experience. I am sure you all know what it is like to have a really CHAMP interpreter! It makes all the difference in the world. So here is a shout out to all those interpreters who break down barriers, not just for the deaf but for the hearing community too. Keep those sledge hammers ready and those fingers flying!!!
-Matt and Kay

PS. We have an awesome book! Yes we do with 120 of our very best "That Deaf Guy" webcomics plus a surprise bonus. It's called "That Deaf Guy: A Family Portrait" and you can order by simply clicking on the link below.
www.thatdeafguy.com/store

Netflix Captioning...

Netflix and the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) have come to an agreement about captions for the company's streaming videos: 100 percent must be captioned by 2014. About 90% of Netflix's streaming movies are now closed captioned. "The National Association of the Deaf congratulates Netflix for committing to 100 percent captioning, and is thrilled to announce that 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people will be able to fully access Netflix's Watch Instantly services," NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum said in a statement.

Deaf Pride

Photo: Amen

Immortal Love by Paul Scearce

Photo: Here is my new De'VIA artwork, Immortal Love. I took a photo of my gf, Vicki's hand and my hand as ILY handsigns.  Then I used photoshop to give it a bronze statue look and etc. :)

Paul Scearce: Here is my new De'VIA artwork, Immortal Love. I took a photo of my gf, Vicki's hand and my hand as ILY handsigns. Then I used photoshop to give it a bronze statue look and etc. :)

Sign Language Is A Human Right...

Ashley Fiolek

Photo: Born Deaf, Ashley Fiolek has been racing since she was seven. Now she is a four time women's motocross racing champion.

In reference to meeting other dreamers like herself, Ashley said-

"It is great to know our world is really not that big. Even with different languages and cultures, we can all come together and share something we feel passionate about."

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000126184/news/vogue-magazine-features-ashley-fiolek-in-their-april-2012-issue/

Born Deaf, Ashley Fiolek has been racing since she was seven. Now she is a four time women's motocross racing champion.

In reference to meeting other dreamers like herself, Ashley said-

"It is great to know our world is really not that bi...g. Even with different languages and cultures, we can all come together and share something we feel passionate about."

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000126184/news/vogue-magazine-features-ashley-fiolek-in-their-april-2012-issue/
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Sunday, 14 April 2013

HANDmade Art

Photo: 9''x9'' Trivet. It can used for hot dishes and hang on the wall. both way! wood mold  varnished frame is handmade by Chapman V. Hom.

9''x9'' Trivet. It can used for hot dishes and hang on the wall. Wood mold varnished frame is handmade by Chapman V. Hom.