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

  • 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
  • New interesting features and improvements in new release of Sao Mai Braille (SMB), a rich-text editor and Braille translation software for Windows, such as full speech output support, accessible math equation input, Braille music translation, new user interface and more.

    Updated on: 04/16/2020 - 15:20, for the page: Article
  • Releasing new app named SM Braille Viewer to handle text translation, show the result on Braille display; and the update version of SM Music Reader with new feature of Braille music translation.

    Updated on: 04/09/2020 - 16:19, for the page: Article
  • 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: 04/11/2020 - 08:23, 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; and supports to translate sheet music into Braille. It also includes free access to thousands of scores, built-in Guitar tuner and metronome tools.

    Updated on: 05/08/2020 - 17:00, 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