National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (Divyangjan), Regional Centre, Chennai came into existence with its inauguration on October 9, 1988 by the then Union Minister for Welfare, Government of India. The campus is located on the 6 acres of land transferred to NIVH by the Government of Tamil Nadu. This Regional Centre, Chennai, serves as an extended arm of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun, Uttarakhand State, an apex body, governed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, devoted to the welfare of the visually impaired throughout the country.

The NIVH Regional Centre, Chennai, has been established with a goal to function as an institution to work for the benefit of the visually impaired, their family members and professionals working with them in the Southern States including the Union Territory of Pondicherry. This Centre seeks to open up new vistas of opportunities for the visually impaired adults, including men and women, and literate and illiterate, by conducting innovative training programmes and also to facilitate empowerment of the visually impaired through employment and other services.