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

  • 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
  • The first Myanmar text-to-speech engine for Android and Windows platform released. It is implemented by the Sao Mai Center for the Blind, NHM Team, VNSpeak team and the Myanmar Assistive Technology Research and Development Center. Thanks for ICEVI, ON-NET and The Nippon Foundation for the financial support.

    Updated on: 06/10/2019 - 19:44, for the page: Sao Mai Soft
  • Highlights of this release include performance improvements in recent Mozilla Firefox versions, announcement of emojis with all synthesizers, reporting of replied/forwarded status in Outlook, reporting the distance of the cursor to the edge of a Microsoft Word page, and many bug fixes.

    Updated on: 12/17/2018 - 10:19, for the page: Blog
  • From 18 to 24 November 2018, Mr. Dang Hoai Phuc/Sao Mai's Executive Director and Mr. Phung Minh Tuan/Media Staff went on a trip to Mongolia to study and suggest plans for the MNFB's technology development programs.

    Updated on: 12/06/2018 - 20:59, for the page: Article
  • Quick reviews on about new main features of Jaws 2019

    Updated on: 06/10/2019 - 13:45, for the page: Blog