IFB Beat – Week of April 22, 2024

A Message from the Editor

Hello IFB team! This week, meet new Asheville Facility employee, read about the Asheville CLVC Demo Day, and learn about a little-known iPhone accessibility action. Thanks for reading the IFB Beat and have a wonderful week!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

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New this Week

Welcome to Melissa Berryhill, Asheville Facility Employee Relations Specialist
Senator Budd’s Office Tours IFB Solutions in Asheville
CLVC Demo Day – Asheville
See what S.E.E. is doing!
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

HR and Opportunities

New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


Welcome to Melissa Berryhill, Asheville Facility Employee Relations Specialist!

Headshot of Melissa Berryhill

Melissa Berryhill brings a wealth of HR and non-profit experience to the Asheville facility, where she serves as the Employee Relations Specialist. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Melissa will share her talents under the direction of Mary Hunter, the Employee Relations Manager. Let’s extend a warm IFB welcome to her!


Senator Budd’s Office Tours IFB Solutions in Asheville

Senator Ted Budd’s office visit; In the picture: Joe Sprouse, Ged Doughton, Kye Laughter (Budd Representative) and Travis Guerra)

Kye Laughter, the Western NC Regional director for Senator Ted Budd’s office, paid a visit to the Asheville facility. During his tour, he gained insights into IFB Solutions and explored potential ways the office could support IFB and its workforce in the future. The visit left Kye impressed by both the employees and the facility’s operations. Reflecting on his experience, he remarked, “Wow, this is great! I am from the area and never knew this opportunity for people who are blind was here.” The Asheville team exceeded expectations, ensuring that this visit won’t be the last from Senator Budd’s office.


CLVC Demo Day – Asheville

Come be a part of the Asheville CLVC team for Demo Day on May 6th and 7th! Experience firsthand the latest in head-borne low vision technology, including the Iris Vision, the new eSight, the Patriot, the Orcam, and more. Our expert trainers will be available in Asheville to showcase these devices. Don’t miss this chance to explore these innovative products and discover if they can help enhance your independence. To schedule your appointment, please contact the Community Low Vision Center in Asheville at 828-761-2468.


See what S.E.E. is doing!

S.E.E. kids holding their bears.

S.E.E. Spring campers made a new furry friend at Build a Bear Workshop. Creamy and caramel brown bears were stuffed with fluffy stuff, given a heart filled with love, dressed in a special T-shirt, and taken home in their own cardboard houses. The bears watched out of the windows of their houses as we ate in the food court of Hanes Mall and then they were taken home by their camper.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

Reminder: The Forsyth Chapter of the National Federation for the Blind invites you to the Second Chance Prom!

Dance the night away all over again! The Forsyth chapter of the NFB is hosting the Second Chance Prom! This is a fun opportunity for you to enjoy a night of dancing, food, and prizes! It’s a formal affair so, dress your best!

When: Saturday, June 8, 2024
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites Winston-Salem Downtown Hotel, 235 Cherry St.
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $35 per person

Tickets are on sale now! To purchase contact NFB president Angela Hanes (ACS department) or any NFB member.

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

  • Monday, April 22 Guide Dog support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room

CLVC Item of the Week:

Image of book cover, "How to Go Blind and Not Loose Your Mind"

How to Go Blind and Not Lose Your Mind Book for $14.95

How to Go Blind and Not Lose Your Mind discusses the process of losing your sight and ways to deal with it. Written through the eyes of a person who has been through the process and survived.

If you have questions or are interested in any of the weekly items, please contact your local CLVC for assistance.


From Our Community

Insider Corner

Back Tap on iPhone: the Forgotten Accessibility Action

Submitted by Kim Shoffner, Manager of Programs

Back Tap is an Accessibility action introduced to the iPhone that allows you to double tap or treble tap the back of your iPhone to perform a shortcut.

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch.
  • Scroll down, then select Back Tap.
  • Select either Double Tap or Triple Tap.
  • Scroll down to the Shortcuts area, then choose a shortcut.
  • Tap Back Tap to apply the setting.
  • Double-tapped or triple-tapped the back of your phone to run the shortcut.

So why would we use it?

It is situated in the touch area of accessibility settings so we can presume it is there to help people that have trouble interacting with the touch screen. It can be used for many shortcuts and for launching many applications, read on for some use cases. If you have an iPhone with no home button you can set Back Tap to launch the app switcher or unlock the phone, these actions can be difficult for some users, and tapping the back of your phone to launch can make it so much easier.

You can use it to launch the magnifier app, there are many occasions throughout the day that you may need to use the magnifier app, and having an action to launch it quickly is good. You can use Back Tap to invoke a Siri Shortcut. If you have set up some Siri shortcuts in the shortcuts app you will now see them in the list of actions available in the Back Tap section. Siri Shortcut could play your favorite radio station, tell you your current location, turn on the lights, and more.

Note, you can add two actions to Back Tap, one to double tap and one to treble tap. So, if Back Tap is something you have not checked out in a while, revisit it, and see if it could be useful for you. Let us know if you have any great ideas for the feature.



HR & Opportunities

New Job Announcements

For all current openings, visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

For more information, please contact a member of the recruitment team at careers@ifbsolutions.org.


Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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