Conveys the meaning that the visually handicappedcan return to society as model citizens after overcoming their disability, with light, hope and courage.

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Korea Welfare Center for the Visually Handicapped

The first welfare center for the visually handicapped in Korea established in 1982 by the Korea Welfare Foundation for the Visually Handicapped,
a social welfare foundation.

* Establishment and Current status
  - Date of Establishment: October 15, 1981
  - Head of the Center: Nam Shik, Baek
  - Responsible Organization: The Korea Welfare Foundation for the Visually Handicapped, a social welfare foundation
  - Current Number of Employees: 51

* Facilities
  - Size of land: 5,426㎡ Building area: 3,940㎡

▶ Our Mission
     The Realization of the happy world and sharing of light, hope and courage with the visually handicapped.

▶ Vision
     Becomes a welfare center that can act as a stepping-stone for rehabilitation of the visually handicapped.

▶ Core Values
     Expertise, Change, Passion

▶ Core Objectives
     - Reinforces specialized services in order to support the rehabilitation of the visually handicapped
     - Provides remarkable services to develop talents and aptitudes of individuals
     - Develops an environment to create hope with the community
     - Cultivates practical expertise with a warm heart and competence
     - Expands the scope of pleasant services to let the visually handicapped realize healthiness of their lives

▶ CI


     Carries the dream of encouraging the visually handicapped to return to the society as model citizens by overcoming their disabilities with the
     light, hope and courage.

CI“Laoni”, the name of the mascot of the Korea Welfare Center for the Visually Handicapped
was coined by combining the English word, “lion”, which signifies “courage” with the pure
Korean word, “Laon”, which means “merry”.
It conveys our wish that we will become a welfare center that provides the courage of
independence to the visually handicapped and serves as a platform for sharing happiness
between the handicapped and the nonhandicapped.

Skills Training Institute (Main Building)
Skills Training Institute (Main Building)
Skills Training Institute (Sub Building)
Skills Training Institute (Sub Building)
Inbo Living Dormitory
Inbo Living Dormitory
Goduck Sports Social Center
Goduck Sports Social Center
* Hours of Operation
   9:00~18:00 on weekdays (closed on holidays) / 9:00~15:00 on Saturdays

History of the Welfare Center
March 1982

Started before the initiatives including the Braille News Messenger, braille publications, instruments for living, and the
like were carried out by the Foundation on March 1982

Launched the initiative to publish the audio books for the visually handicapped

Launched the basic rehabilitation training for the visually handicapped Designed and manufactured the instruments
for living for the visually handicapped

November 1982 Published the braille version of Korean Dictionary
May 10, 1983 Obtained a license of the Braille Library and began borrowing the braille version of books and audio books
September 1983 Published the first “Voice Magazine”, a monthly audio magazine
October 1984 Launched vocational rehabilitation trainings for piano tuners, telephone operators and factory operatives of the
Welfare Factory for the visually handicapped
January 1988 Launched a swimming program for the visually handicapped at the Godeok Social Sports Center
January 1989 Launched a visiting rehabilitation and counseling programs for the visually handicapped staying at home
December 1990 Launched the White Cane Short-term Pedestrian Training for those who attend the school for the blind and the
institutions for the blind
January 1991 Launched the initiatives for an exhibition & sales facility dedicated to instruments for living for the visually handicapped
October 1992 Developed the KOMA, a braille writer to recognize locations
January 1993 Launched initiatives for braille translation using computers
September 1999 Opened the Information Processing Training Center for the Visually Handicapped
January 2004 Opened an online voice library, “Voice Book” (
December 2007 Developed the antenna-type white canes
September 2009 Launched the initiatives to support activities for the handicapped
January 2012 Managed the Welfare Service Center for the handicapped staying at home
January 2014 Launched the Learning Support Center for the Visually Handicapped