The Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida, Inc. (VAVF) is a non-profit association that was formed in 1975 with a small group of members in Central Florida, and now has members from all over the state and across the country.
The membership of VAVF is open to all persons, schools, agencies, groups, and organizations affiliated with, or interested in, the education and the general welfare of all individuals who are blind or visually impaired. VAVF members include volunteer certified braille transcribers, braille learners, tactile graphics artists, and digital recording producers. In addition, some of the members are teachers of the visually Impaired, school district braillists, and agency personnel.
The purpose of the group is to provide reading and instructional materials in a tactile or audio format to persons in Florida who are blind or visually impaired. Braille-certified volunteers and others proficient with using the Braille Code transcribe print books, maps, and other reading materials into braille and/or tactile graphics, or into digital audio recordings.
VAVF members work closely with the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI) and local Teachers of the Visually Impaired to obtain transcription assignments. Regional groups also provide instruction in reading and producing braille using a braille writer and/or braille transcription software, as well as training in producing tactile graphics to new volunteers.
VAVF publishes a quarterly newsletter which is sent to all members to keep them informed and up-to-date on important new and braille code changes. Articles may include: updates to braille codes; skills columns for braille, digital recording or translation typing; purpose, function, or other activities of similar organizations; information about upcoming events and/or conferences; historical information; a list of officers and consultants; and a membership/contribution form.