YearEvent
1951Singapore Association for the Blind founded.
1956Singapore School for the Blind established.
1963Industrial Training Centre opened.
1964Subcommittee of the Blind formed.
1967Open Education Programme started at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School.
1972Subcommittee of the Blind renamed as White Cane Club.
1978Low Vision Clinic and Braille & Talking Book Library opened.
1983Hosted the Asian Conference on Visual handicap.
1986Association funded by the Community Chest of Singapore.
1987Association renamed as Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.
1989Launch of present logo.
1990Open Education Programme extended to four additional mainstream schools and
Singapore School for the Visually Handicapped came under the purview of the Ministry of Education.
1992TouchArt Programme initiated.
In-House Massage Service commenced.
1997Mobile Massage Team was formed.
1999White Cane Club became a branch of the Association.
2001Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and established a Satellite Low Vision Clinic at the Singapore National Eye Centre.
2002New Member Identification Card introduced, Assistive Devices Centre opened, Dining in the Dark Programme launched.
2003Institutional library membership service for home-bound clients introduced, MP3 format for audio books launched, Community Outreach Programme initiated.
2004SAVH logo enhanced to include the abbreviation SAVH and Braille dot equivalent.
2005Recording studio upgraded with digital capabilities.
2006Services streamlined; governance and financial management strengthened.
2007Fundraising concerts – “Chorus of Dreams” and “Melodies from the Heart” held.
2008Bizlink Centre collaboration – Sheltered Workshop for the Disadvantage – launched, First Flag Day since 1985.
2009SAVH’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
2010IT support group formed
2011SAVH 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.
SAVH Celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a publication entitled ‘Beyond Braille’.
2012SAVH was voted as the most Supportive VWO for the Citi-YMCA Youth for Causes 2012 Programme.
Mr Phillip Lee, Mr Tan Guan Heng and Mr Michael Tan were recruited by NCSS to be the ‘Champions’ in promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) signed by Singapore on 30 Nov 12.
2013Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam visited SAVH on 11 Mar 13 and graced SAVH Charity Banquet on 26 Mar 13. Home Care Programme launched.
Charity Concert was organised by Mr Qin Huai & his volunteers on 23 Jun 13 for SAVH. Dr Lam Pin Min, MP for SengKang West graced the event.
2014SAVH was selected for the ‘Care and Share’ Programme.
Charity Run was organised by The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants on 29 Mar 14 for SAVH. Mdm Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament, graced the event.
Charity Dinner event was organised by ClearVision Eye Clinic, Vinci Arts, Lawry’s The Prime Rib and Dr Tony Ho for SAVH. Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister of Social and Family Development graced the event.
2015“Rainbow In The Dark’ art exhibition was held from 15-19 Jan 15 at *SCAPE. Mr Hri Kumar Nair, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, graced the event.
Charity Banquet was organised in conjunction with SAVH’s 63rd Anniversary on 17 Mar 15. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Finance graced the event.
Day Care Centre pilot project initiated.
62nd AGM was held on 29 Aug 15 with SAVH Constitution changes since 2008. Some of those revisions were required by the authorities and others were necessary to improve the operations of SAVH.
2016Charity Concert was organised by Mr Qin Huai & his volunteers on 16 Jan 16 for SAVH. Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State, Ministry of Health, graced the event.
International White Cane Day was co-organised with Perennial Real Estate Holdings on 15 Oct 16 at CHIJMES. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister of Ministry of Social and Family Development was the Guest-of-Honour.