Lámh For Life photo exhibition

Galway chef JP McMahon and friends photographed using the Lámh communication technique.

Galway chef JP McMahon and friends photographed using the Lámh communication technique.

ALMOST 50 photographs, highlighting the use of Lámh, a sign system used by those with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland, is currently on display in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.

The Lámh For Life photography exhibition, which runs until Saturday April 28, is a collaboration between Ability West’s service users, staff, and the Speech and Language therapy department. It seeks to show how and why Lámh is used, break down barriers, and help bring about bring a more inclusive environment.

Lámh is based on and adapted from Irish Sign Language, and natural gesture, and has 500 signs. It has been in use since the 1980s, and there is a unified Irish-based approach to manual or key word signing for people with intellectual disability and communication needs. If an individual’s speech is unclear or limited, the Lámh user may be more easily understood when they use signs.

The photographs have been directed by service users who wish to promote and demonstrate the importance of using Lámh. For more information see www.lámh.org.

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