Assistive Technology in Education, Employment and Independent Living for Visually Impaired People

Sao Mai Center, established in 2001,  is a non-profit organization for the visually impaired people, based in Vietnam.

We work to empower the blind by using and developing assistive technology in education, employment and daily living activities.

We provide assistive products, computer and social/soft skill trainings for the blind.

We also work for vocational, job training and placement for the blind.

Along the years we created a network of 26 comp labs in 23 provinces.
Along the years we created a network of 26 comp labs in 23 provinces.


The Gallery menu provides information about our origin and activities.

More information about our achievements is available in the About menu.

We publish, in Vietnamese,  Sao Mai AccessTech Magazine focusing on assistive technology perspectives. All issues are available from the Magazine menu.

The Book Library menu gives access to our digital library. In our system we have more than 3.000 accessible materials including academic books, textbooks, handouts, lessons, references, etc.

We have developped different software solutions, not for only blind community in Vietnam but also for other developing countries. We translated in Vietnamese a free Linux distribution for sighted children. The SM Software menu  will tell you about it.

Our activities and services are provided free of charge for visually impaired people, so we need support to operate the Center and run our  activities. This is how you can help.


Most Recent Posts

  • Use new SM LibMusicBraille library for Braille music translation; work directly with Word .docx file; support more Braille translation languages and many more.

    Updated on: 07/03/2021 - 17:41, for the page: Article
  • Vietnamese Saigon Braille contracted grade 1, used by many blind people in the South of Vietnam.

    Updated on: 11/27/2020 - 14:08, for the page: Blog
  • Export to Braille music BRF file, create and manage tempo song, recognize and convert image-based music scores into MusicXML and many other performance improvements.

    Updated on: 10/06/2020 - 14:13, for the page: Article
  • Highlights in this release: 32 new user interface languages, read document with Jaws/NVDA voice, select scores/instruments to translate into Braille, use Liblouis 3.14, Braille ascii/unicode output options, NVDA addon and some more.

    Updated on: 09/12/2020 - 10:41, for the page: Article
  • Quick instruction on how to use SM Translator tool to translate the keyboard typing program for Windows, SM Typing Tutor into other languages.

    Updated on: 09/09/2020 - 14:48, for the page: Sao Mai Soft
  • Instruction on how to use SM Translator tool to translate Sao Mai Braille (SMB) into other languages.

    Updated on: 07/20/2021 - 23:05, for the page: Sao Mai Soft
  • Quick instruction on how to translate Sao Mai apps for Android such as SM Music Reader and SM Braille Viewer.

    Updated on: 09/08/2020 - 17:37, for the page: Sao Mai Soft
  • Released the update version of SM Myanmar TTS, 2.0.2 for Android and 1.5 for Windows! New feature and improvements include:
    • Support to read Parli language,
    • Updating more Burmese characters and words,
    • And performance improvements.

    Updated on: 07/09/2020 - 22:27, for the page: Article
  • SM Music Reader app has been being the essential tool for more visually impaired people around the world, who are both studying and/or playing music. It supports to draw sheet music in print, read with screen readers, translate into Braille, access to about 20,000 free scores, built-in Guitar tuner and now with the metronome machine.

    Updated on: 05/08/2020 - 22:30, for the page: Article
  • With hope to open up equal opportunities in learning for the disadvantaged, promote positive role models and boost young’s people motivation to achieve success, Sao Mai Center is now calling for applications from all qualified candidates. To all individuals/organisations for the blind, please share this information to your friends and partners.

    Updated on: 04/24/2020 - 20:46, for the page: Article