Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped
(SAVH), formerly known as the Singapore
Association for the Blind (SAB), is a voluntary welfare organisation,
founded in 1951. The association is affiliated to the
National Council of Social Service (NCSS)
and is an approved
Institution of a Public Character (IPC).
To Help the Visually Handicapped Help
Our mission is to help the Visually Impaired help themselves by acquiring new skills and gaining self reliance to cope with the integration into society.
SAVH is the national voluntary welfare organisation.
Our vision is to promote the needs, interests and aspirations of the visually impaired.
- To serve
as an Association for the visually handicapped
- To promote
the welfare of the visually handicapped in the Republic of Singapore
facilitate and encourage greater participation of the visually
handicapped in the administration of their affairs and activities
and in the management of the Association
- To work
towards the abolition of architectural, attitudinal, social,
cultural, educational, employment and any other barriers that
prevent the total integration and equal treatment of the visually
handicapped in the community
encourage eye-care and safety and research in the prevention and
cure of blindness and related diseases
- To do any
or all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the
attainment of the above objects and shall include the appeal for
funds in aid of the visually handicapped
Who We Serve
Singapore citizens and permanent residents of all age groups. They
must be certified as having 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 or
illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, tumour, eye infection and
Differences between Clients and
All vision impaired persons residing in Singapore who are certified
blind or low vision by an Ophthalmo-
logist may register with us as our clients.
Benefits of a client include:
- Being entitled to the whole range of services provided by the
Association free of charge;
- Being able to opt-in for subsidy of assistive devices.
Members have to sign up as members of the Association by completing the
membership form and paying the prescribed membership fees. They must be
proposed and seconded by members. Members can be sighted or visually
You can sign up as a:
To apply for SAVH membership, please complete the Membership Registration Form and email it to Ms Yang.
- Life Member - One-time membership fee of S$150.00;
- Ordinary Member (visually handicapped) - S$5.00 a year;
- Ordinary Member (sighted) -
$15.00 a year.
Benefits of a member include:
- The right to attend and speak up at Annual General Meetings of
- Vote on all matters within the objects of the Association and to
elect Executive Committee members – the highest policy-making body
of the Association;
- Stand for election as Executive Committee Members. Executive
Committee members are accountable to the general membership of the
Association – the supreme body of the Association.