The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), formerly known as the Singapore Association for the Blind (SAB), is the national voluntary welfare organization that serves and provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to the visually impaired. SAVH serves Singapore citizens and permanent residents of all age groups who must be certified with low vision (partial sight) or blind by an eye specialist or ophthalmologist. This includes people who are born blind as well as those who have lost their vision through accidents, illnesses or ageing. SAVH has over 3,000 registered clients ranging from infants to the elderly and has been providing these clients with eye care, rehabilitation, training, counselling, jobs and a place to belong to.
Programmes and Service by SAVH :1. Low Vision Clinic (LVC)provides comprehensive assessment and aftercare for clients who have been identified visually impaired either acquired or through referrals by hospitals.2. Vision Rehabilitation Programme (VRP)equips the clients with techniques or skills to maintain an independent lifestyle. Clients are rehabilitated to learn to cope with their vision loss, travel safety, take care of their homes, meet their career objectives and enjoy leisure activities so that they can increase their self-esteem and confidence.3. Skills Development Programme (SDP)focuse on skills training, jobs placement and matching them to persons with vision impairment.4. Assistive Device Centre (ADC)serves to help clients acquire devices to aid them to be integrated into mainstream society. Its role is like a pharmacy within a hospital.5. Braille Production Unit (BPU)handles the transcription of print text into Braille or electronic format and from Braille into p