Presentation and objective

The Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind is in operation since 12 of October 1960 having, in this half a century of existence, contributed for the aid in integrating those who possess a physical disadvantage that should not deprived them of a normal life.

The Centre was created under the auspices of the "American Foundation For Overseas Blind Inc", being directed and managed by the Macau Holy House of Mercy since 1963. One must also refer that, since 1900 the Fraternity had been providing assistance to the "Chinese blind" through a subsidy granted to the Canossian Sisters, which received and supported them.

The Centre is inserted the social welfare role of the Macau Holy House of Mercy Mission, serving as a leisure and rehabilitation centre for about 50 blind persons, from both genders, with age above 16. This facility is at the moment attended by blind persons with ages between 3 and 70 years old.

The Centre operates from Monday to Thursday between 8:30 and 17:15 and on Friday between 8:30 and 17:00.

Ms. Leong Sut Mui directs the Centre.

Mission

The Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind has as a mission to render services that are useful for the blind community, having as objective their integration in the community life through diverse activities that aim to increase their autonomy and qualities.

The fulfilment of this mission depends on the integration and on the promotion of diverse activities such as the production of hosiery, rattan and wicker, developing the productive skills of the users of the Centre. Recreational activities are also organized and groups are setup for the learning of computer science and Braille.

Earlier, social rehabilitation of the blind persons, through vocational training, within their learning capacities was the main mission of this Centre. The objective that guided this Centre was the complete integration of the blind persons in the community and their autonomy, looking, as far as possible, the mitigation of the effects of their physical disability. However, it was never possible to find placement for those students, having the Centre developed also in their capacity of workshop of the own users.

Location and contacts

The Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind is located in the north part of the city, at Avenida General Castelo Branco, n.º 14, near the Canidromo.

Telephone: 28 574 373

Fax: 28 574 373

The facilities

Besides adequately equipped rooms, with air conditioning system, the Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind possesses facilities and equipment that assist in the users learning and development process.

The Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind has capacity for 50 blind persons, having the renovation work been concluded in November 2003 allowing greater comfort and attributes.