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 certified braille transcribers, braille learners, and tactile graphics specialists. In addition, some of the members are teachers of the visually impaired, school district braille transcribers, and agency personnel.
The purpose of the group is to provide reading and instructional materials in a tactile format to persons in Florida who are blind or visually impaired. Certified braille transcribers and others proficient in using the various braille codes transcribe print books, maps, and other reading materials into braille and/or tactile graphics.
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 braille groups also provide instruction leading to braille certification, reading and producing braille using a braille writer and/or braille transcription software, and training in producing tactile graphics.
Annually, VAVF hosts a conference for the purpose of training and collaboration of those involved with braille production and/or working with the visually impaired. Generally, the conference is held in the spring.