IFB Beat – Week of April 18 2022

News to Know

Self ID

On Wednesday, April 20th, HR will be rolling out the Voluntary Self ID process in Paycom to all active IFB employees. What is Self ID? This is a process completed when starting with IFB as well as updated overtime while employed for compliance purposes. This includes voluntarily answering self-identification questions to include Veteran and disability status. Please be on the lookout for more information on how to complete this process and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to a team member in HR!


Review of the Pinnacle Mercantile Authentic Woobie

Kevin Paulson of HuntingLife.com. gives a pretty glowing review of the iconic military essential the “AUTHENTIC WOOBIE”. For nearly 30 years, IFB Solutions has been the U.S. military’s primary supplier of “woobies,” the beloved multi-use poncho liner issued to U.S. Army and Marine soldiers. Until recently, these authentic military-grade tactical blankets were not widely available to the public, but now, for the first time ever, the woobie is available for all through IFB’s Amazon site, Pinnacle Mercantile.

Check out Kevin’s review here.


Programs and Services

Attention Support Group Members

Join us for another exciting Assistive Technology support group meeting this month. Of course, we will go over all of the latest tech news and developments. We will continue our review of using JAWS to proofread and fine tune those documents and emails prior to sending them, plus we have some exciting news that you will only learn about when you join us for the meeting at 7 o’clock Thursday night April 21. We look forward to having you be a part of our group. Please invite a friend, and bring your questions. We love to have your participation.

Adult Support Group Meetings:

• Monday, April 18 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
• Tuesday, April 19 VIPS Club meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
• Wednesday, April 20 Diabetic support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
• Thursday, April 21 Assistive Technology support group meeting from 7:00-8:00 via zoom (find zoom information for this meeting at the end of the newsletter).


Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

Large Print Measuring Cups and Spoons – $8.95 and up
For those with low vision, cooking and baking can be especially challenging because of the difficult-to-see size markings on most measuring cups and spoons. Enjoy time spent in the kitchen again with these high-visibility Large Print Measuring Cups and Spoons. Prominent, easy-to-see markings allow you to measure ingredients precisely and confidently. Make preparing your favorite meals and baking new scrumptious desserts a breeze!

The Low Vision center is a one stop shop! While you are purchasing a set of large print measuring cups and spoons check out one of the large print/talking cooking thermometers we have as well!

CLVC April item of the month:

Oven Mitts – From $4.95 and up
Protect your hands! With the best multi-purpose kitchen mitt available. Choose safety first. Avoid painful and costly burns.

If you are interested in purchasing Low Vision Equipment through our Loan Program (3rd Party), please contact a Low Vision Coordinator for assistance.

Insider Corner

How To Get Alexa To Tell You About Amazon Deals Before They Go Live

According to Amazon, Alexa will notify Prime members when eligible products in their wish list or shopping cart – or even items they’ve “saved for later” – are on sale. You will then be able to ask Alexa to order the items when the deal is live or send a reminder. It’s unclear which products will be “eligible” – like whether they’re items sold by Amazon or third parties. Still, it’s a neat feature for bargain hunters. Read the full article here: https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/amazon/160628-how-to-get-alexa-to-tell-you-about-amazon-deals-in-advance

The Most Fully Accessible Amusement Park In The U.S. To Be Built In Missouri!

Developers hope to break ground in 2023 on an amusement park outside St. Louis that they are calling the most innovative and fully accessible park in the world:

Check It Out: The Official Site of the National Beep Baseball Association | NBBA.org Homepage

Welcome to the National Beep Baseball Association: facilitating and providing the adaptive version of America’s favorite pastime for the blind, low-vision and legally blind since 1976. This is your primary source and home to find information about the game of beep baseball, so take a peek: https://www.nbba.org/

Dan Parker, a Blind Man, Breaks Driving Speed Record!

Dan Parker, a blind racecar driver, achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the “Fastest Speed for a Car Driven Blindfolded” on Thursday, March 31st 2022. Dan set a new speed record of 211.043 miles per hour while blindfolded on the runway at Spaceport America in his custom-built Corvette, which included an innovative audio guidance system he designed:

O&M study being done in Chapel Hill

The UNC Highway Safety Research Center in conjunction with Accessible Design for the Blind is looking for volunteers who are blind to participate in a study in April on the usability of tactile wayfinding surface indicators (TWSIs). TWSIs is the general name for raised surfaces such as the truncated dome detectable warning surfaces used at curb ramps and various bar tile guidance surfaces used in many European and Asian countries.

We want to find out more about how people who are vision disabled detect different patterns of TWSIs, by asking you to identify different surfaces with your cane and under foot and asking you to follow a path in our lab setting.

We are looking for experienced travelers who are comfortable using a long cane (even if you normally use a dog guide), who regularly travel independently outdoors, and who would be willing to participate in the research. If you decide to take part in the study, you may be asked to detect, identify, or follow different tactile surfaces with your cane or feet and make turns as instructed.

The research will be conducted outdoors, in an unused parking lot. To protect your health, we will follow current CDC and UNC guidelines regarding COVID-19, and you are welcome to wear a mask and/or have researchers wear a mask, even if policy does not currently require them.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please call Jack Mitchell at 919-260-8580 or email me at ilogix.nc@gmail.com to find out if you are eligible for the study.
There is a payment for participation if you are selected, and transportation costs will be reimbursed. For all Winston employees interested and need transportation contact Chris Flynt at 336-245-5620 or cflynt@ifbsolutions.org.

Have some interesting information to share or topic you would like to see in the Insider Corner? Whether it is your favorite podcast, website, or article that caught your attention, send to Faith Harding at fharding@ifbsolutions.org and we will post it!

Community Connections

Do you want to learn about improv, share your creative side, and have fun with us all while strengthening your self-advocacy skills?

Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday, April 19th from 7PM-8PM for an improv class led via zoom by Scott Pacitti, the founder of an organization called Planet Improv.
Improv is an acting technique where you make it up as you go! While it is a fun way to express yourself, it can also help you become a better leader and self-advocate because it teaches you to think on your feet. If you are 30 years old or younger with a disability come join us and see what it is all about!

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9163000318?pwd=SGtaTGVNV0lOcG1Zd3BiaHZ1b29LUT09

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We are HeRe for you!

Did you know that helping others also helps you? Studies show that helping others including coworkers can help you live longer, make you happier, and helps one with feeling a sense of self-satisfaction! While at work, see how you can help out your peers. It may be something simple, but it may make someone else’s day 🙂. Another way you can help others is by volunteering to be a mentor for new hires! Being a mentor means assisting new hires with learning about IFB Solutions, the community, and being a friend! If you’re interested, please contact Haleigh Yarboro at 5635.

Just a friendly reminder!

The Winston Salem location has a $250 referral bonus program for any current employee that refers a blind or visually impaired candidate or sighted/temporary candidate to IFB.
Please contact HR for referral bonus program criteria. Associates at other locations should ask your HR Manager or supervisor for the specific programs available at your location.

Job Announcements

Staff Accountant – Winston Salem

Education and work experience:
• Associates degree in Accounting required
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent highly preferred
• 2-3 years of experience in accounting or related field required
• ERP system experience preferred

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at


Financial Analyst – Manufacturing and Cost

Education and work experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related degree required
• Cost accounting experience required
• ERP system experience required
• Manufacturing experience preferred
• CPA and / or CMA preferred

External candidates may apply at
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Quality Assurance Supervisor – Winston Salem

Education and work experience:
• 4-year degree or minimum of 4 years’ experience in Quality or related area required.
• Experience in leading and coaching from a supervisory role required.
• Must be experienced in using MS Excel, MS Word and MS Outlook. MS Access data entry is helpful.

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at


BSC Store Manager – McGuire Hazmat

Education and work experience:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
• Minimum of 3 years prior retail management experience required.
• Must have a valid driver’s license
• Must pass government background and drug tests.

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at

Optical Maintenance Tech- Winston Salem

Education and work experience:
• Must have high school diploma or GED equivalent.
• Associate degree in related field preferred.
• Engineering experience preferred.
• At least 2 years’ experience as a mechanic required.
• Experience on Optical/CNC Machines preferred.

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at


For more information

Please contact Brent Burkholder at 336-245-5611 or bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org.


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