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The Sabah Society for the Blind was established in 1966. However, work for blind in the state started way back in 1963 with the setting up of the first training centre for the blind based in Tuaran known as the Wallace Training Centre. This was initiated by both the Red Cross Society and the Rotary Club. 

In 1972 the training activities at the Wallace Training Centre was shifted to Sungai Manila in Sandakan which is now known as the Taman Cahaya Training Centre for the Blind. The Wallace Training Centre in Tuaran was subsequently converted to a sheltered workshop. The Training Centre in Tuaran continues to function as a Sheltered Workshop to cater for the needs of blind persons who have been trained in various specific fields but is pending to obtain employment OR unable to secure jobs in open employment. It also provides as temporary accommodation to those employed blind persons but are unable to obtain their own accommodation elsewhere. 

In October 1990, under the leadership of Mr Lee Su Chang, the Sandakan branch was established. 

The Keningau branch was started in March 1997 under the auspices of Tuan Hj Zulkifli bin Nasir, whilst the Tawau branch opened in March 2001.


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