About SAVH

The 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 Themselves.
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
  • To 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
  • To 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 others.

Differences between Clients and Members


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 handicapped.

You can sign up as a:

  • 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.
To apply for SAVH membership, please complete the Membership Registration Form and email it to Ms Yang.

Benefits of a member include:

  • The right to attend and speak up at Annual General Meetings of the Association;
  • 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.

Last Updated: Friday, 07-Dec-2012 10:09 AM
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