VFO is a leading provider of assistive technology solutions for the visually impaired.


With principal offices in St. Petersburg, Florida and Barendrecht, the Netherlands, VFO is a leading provider of vision assistive technology products to the global low-vision and blind community. Under its two main brands—Freedom Scientific and Optelec—the company sells a broad portfolio of assistive technology solutions including screen reading and magnification software, electronic video magnifiers, Braille keyboards, and associated consulting & training services. Customers include multi-national corporations, governments, educational institutions, and individual end-users in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Insight & Approach

VFO was created through Vector’s simultaneous acquisition of Freedom Scientific and Optelec in late 2015. Vector independently identified Freedom and Optelec as leaders in the attractive market for vision assistive technology. Together, the combined company offers an expanded product line-up, enhanced distribution network, wider geographical presence, and the scale to further expand both organically and inorganically.

Vector Value Add

Since the acquisitions of Freedom and Optelec, Vector has been actively working with the VFO leadership team to ensure a successful combination.