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

  • We are happy to announce the release SM Music Reader update version 1.1.7 with new features: built in the Guitar Tuner, access to Sao Mai free online music sharing library, magnification options and many other existing features + app performance improvements. It is the first free music reading app for the blind on Android platform.

    Updated on: 12/23/2019 - 17:37, for the page: Article
  • We just updated the SM Music Reader app for Android,1.0.3 version  with the following improvements and new features:

    Updated on: 12/06/2019 - 01:41, for the page: Article
  • A call to ask for help to localize Sao Mai's free applications for the blind into more languages. This would help more visually impaired people around the world to benefit from our useful software for their education, employment and daily living activities.

    Updated on: 12/01/2019 - 00:22, for the page: Sao Mai Soft
  • SM Music Reader is the first free Android app for both the sighted and visually impaired people to read music pieces, developed by Sao Mai Center for the Blind. Besides the functions to draw music sheets and play MIDI files, SM Music Reader also offers full accessibility options with speaking and customizing modes for visually impaired users to use it with screen readers like Talkback or Voice Assistant.

    Updated on: 11/30/2019 - 23:48, for the page: Sao Mai Soft
  • Sao Mai is happy to announce the release of Android text-to-speech engine for Burmese language named SM Myanmar TTS.
    At the end of 2018, we already released the Burmese TTS engine on Windows platform; and today, with the Android version, we hope to bring more equal opportunities for visually impaired people in Myanmar to access to education, employment and independently manage daily living activities.
    For more info about the TTS engine, please visit: SM Myanmar TTS - Apps on Google Play.

    Updated on: 05/15/2019 - 17:34, for the page: Article
  • Let's watch our episode #2 to know how a totally blind person maintaining his laptop by opening and replacing hardware parts.

    Updated on: 01/20/2019 - 08:34, for the page: Eyes by hands
  • Welcome to the first eposode of the Eyes off Hands on program produced by Sao Mai Center for the Blind. Let's explore how a blind person does the beadwork with Ms Dang Pham Diem Hong.

    Updated on: 01/03/2019 - 21:03, for the page: Eyes by hands
  • News about technology for the blind, the article section introduces new features in NVDA 2018.3, NVDA 2018.4, Jaws 2019, and some useful tips for improving Google search experience. The tips section shares on how to automatically check for, download, and install updates for NVDA add-ons. The Useful apps section introduces application in Windows, and Android OS.

    Updated on: 06/27/2019 - 20:44, for the page: Newsletter Issue
    • Wrritten by JACOB KLEINMAN
    • Date: March 5, 2018
    Updated on: 12/30/2018 - 13:11, for the page: Blog
  • This will check, download, and install new add-ons for NVDA automatically.

    Updated on: 12/30/2018 - 13:10, for the page: Blog