History

Milestones from 1951 to the present

YEAR

EVENT
1951 Singapore Association for the Blind founded
1956 Singapore School for the Blind established
1963 Industrial Training Centre opened
1964 Sub-Committee of the Blind formed
1967 Open Education Programme started at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
1972 Sub-Committee of the Blind renamed White Cane Club
1978 Low Vision Clinic and Braille & Talking Book Library opened
1983 Hosted the Asian Conference on Visual handicap
1986 Association funded by the Community Chest of Singapore
1987 Association renamed Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped
1989 Launch of present logo
1990 Open Education Programme extended to four addition mainstream schools, and Singapore School for the Visually Handicapped came under the purview of the Ministry of Education
1999 White Cane Club became a branch of the Association
2001 Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and established a Satellite Low Vision Clinic at the Singapore National Eye Centre
2002

New Member Identification Card introduced, Assistive Devices Centre opened, Dining in the Dark programme launched.

2003

Institutional library membership service for home-bound clients introduced, MP3 format for audio books launched, Community Outreach Programme initiated.

2004

SAVH logo enhanced to include the abbreviation SAVH and Braille dot equivalent

2005

Recording studio upgraded with digital capabilities

2006

Services streamlined; governance and financial management strengthened

2007

Fundraising concerts – “Chorus of Dreams” and “Melodies from the Heart” held

2008

Bizlink Centre collaboration – Sheltered Workshop for the Disadvantage – launched, First Flag Day since 1985

2009

SAVH’s status as an Institution of Public Character (IPC) renewed for 5 years instead of the usual 1 or 3 years because of its strong governance and sound financial control

2010

IT support group formed

2011

SAVH featured in the Charity Governance Report 2011 of the Charity Council for good governance practices, Blind Singaporeans were for the first time able to vote independently and secretly in national elections,

2012

Winner of Citi YMCA Youth for Causes  Most Supportive VWO Award

 
 



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