IFB Beat – Week of August 22, 2022

News to Know

Read Now: IFB Solutions Fall 2022 Impact Newsletter

Our Fall 2022 Impact Newsletter is a special issue dedicated to honoring the retiring CEO David Horton. Read about how our mission of creating opportunities for people who are blind has grown under his leadership. Check out his  article A Legacy of Life-Changing Opportunities or view a PDF of our printed newsletter.

Welcome New Hires!

Welcome New Employees Deanna Williams Accounts Payable Specialist Winston-Salem Facility

Deanna Williams began working on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022, as an Accounts Payable Specialist. She will work under the direction of Kenya Belle in the Accounting department at our Winston Salem location. She has been in the accounting field for 10 years and has owned two businesses. She enjoys cooking and shopping! She also loves spending time with her girls, especially trivia nights!


Promotion Announcement Jason Moser Chief Financial Officer IFB Solutions

Please join us in congratulating Jason Moser on his promotion to Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Since assuming the role of Vice President of Finance in February, Jason has done a tremendous job with all the responsibilities of the Finance department and as a member of the Executive team. We are fortunate to have Jason in this role, and we look forward to his continued leadership and dedication supporting IFB’s mission for years to come.


Little Rock Team dedicated to making a difference!

For people who are blind, it is a challenge to find a safe place to walk and become more physically active. To help our teammates in Little Rock reach that goal, IFB Solutions is raising money for an on-site walking track. This will be an easily accessible and safe place for people who are blind to get out and get moving.

Kids pose in front of IFB sign
From left to right: Darrell Hill, IFB Solutions Little Rock Facility Plant Manager, Scottie Rhodes, Fourth Rhodes, Brooks Norton, Tucker Norton, John Willis, and Sherree DeWitt, IFB Solutions Little Rock Facility HR Manager.

Barrett Norton, our nurse in Little Rock, has already helped the campaign raising over $3,000 through her network. Last week, her two children and their friends donated another $133 for the employee walking track. Barrett’s children set up a lemonade stand in their neighborhood the previous weekend despite the temperature being in the high nineties both days. They sold cups of lemonade for $1/each, and neighbors were very generous, some giving $20 to support the cause.

A great big thank you to Barrett and her superstar kids, making a difference one refreshing cup at a time! Little Rock Advisory Council members and a variety of donors and supporters have already raised $45,000 with only $15,000 to go to accomplish stage 1 of the project!


Programs and Services

See what S.E.E. is Doing!

S.E.E. student stands in yard holding his creation

S.E.E. Day Camp Winston made a birdseed launcher by covering the end of a toilet paper tube with a balloon after cutting off the small end made for blowing into. Tyquan took his outside and launched birdseed out of the toilet paper tube end by pulling back on the balloon and letting it go with a satisfying “pop.” S.E.E. kids are happy since the birds and squirrels do the cleanup of this project.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, August 22 Guide Dog support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, August 23 Glaucoma support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 In TADS Room.
  • Thursday, August 25 Blind Ambitions support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.

Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

iLuv Speaker

iLuv Aud Shower Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker for $19.99. Don’t leave the tub! Enjoy high-quality audio during your shower from IPX4 rated water-resistant speaker. Finally, a speaker that stays hung up. Place it on the wall or shower door with a car mount.

The Low Vision center is a one stop shop! While you are purchasing a Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker check out an Echo Dot!


CLVC July item of the month:

Tape King Talking Tape Measure with Spirit Level

Tape King Talking Tape Measure with Spirit Level for $119.95. Makes measuring easy for low vision & blind people.

The Tape King Talking Tape Measure is the world’s first tape measure to talk that has an integrated spirit level as well as a clinometer (to measure the angle of slope for inclines/declines).
While a pleasure to use for anyone taking measurements, the Tape King is essential to have in the toolkit of anyone who is blind or who has low vision. It accurately measures length and slopes, then displays the information on the large LCD screen as the natural-sounding voice clearly enunciates the measurement.

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


Insider Corner

Have a story, new article, app, or interesting fact you want to share? Email Faith Harding at FHarding@ifbsolutions.org and we will post it.

Updates from Faith:

For many of us who lost vision later in life, there is an imperative avenue that is ignored. We are taught how to use a cane, guide dog, braille, adaptive technology, and so forth, but what is overlooked in most cases is the emotional and mental disruption the loss of vision causes. Whether you want to admit it or not, this world is designed for its inhabitance to have physical sight. Without it, your world is turned upside down and inside out. Thankfully, many of us decide to move forward and use our innate skills to inspire, educate, and productively advocate for our needs such as what Lindy Goff is accomplishing through her fashion and lifestyle blog.

“It’s more exhausting to try to ignore your diagnosis,” says Lindy. “When I was able to accept my situation with Stargardt and share my story with others, it made me more comfortable in my own skin. You really must just embrace the imperfections life throws at you to keep moving forward.” For more, read her article, Discovering Confidence through Vulnerability on the Foundation Fighting Blindness website. Also, dive into her experiences with fashion through her eyes at, LindiGoff.com.

To all the sports fans, did you know you can use your Alexa, Google, or Apple smart speaker to listen to radio coverage of NC sports. For the Carolina Panthers, tell your device to play 92.3 WKRR, For the UNC Tar Heels, play 1110 WBT, and for the NC State Wolfpack play 1580 WZKY.

Are you a Jaws user? Mike Mote shared gHacks Technology News information. They have identified YouTube shortcut keys in Jaws that will make your desktop browser video experience more user friendly. Below are a few of the shortcuts. Ensure your focus is on the video.

  • Space or p — toggle play/pause
  • j — rewind 10 seconds.
  • l — fast forward 10 seconds.
  • m — toggle mute.
  • f — toggle full screen mode.
  • c — toggle captions.

Do you love to cook, or at least eat? Well, check out this YouTube channel Cooking Without Looking. Gain tips, tricks, and some amazing recipes from around the world by people who are blind or have low vision.

Well, family, have a wonderful week. Remember I’m always open to hearing what’s new in tech, accessibility, blindness awareness, and more. Send me an email and I will give you credit for the posting. Have a good one.

Faith Harding


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Job Announcements

Marketing and Design Assistant

Education and work experience:
• 2- or 4-year degree in Graphic Design, Marketing, Advertising, Communications or similar required
• 3 months to 1-year prior experience through internship or freelance preferred
• Introductory photography skills with a basic grasp of lighting techniques preferred

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BSC Store Clerk McGuire AFB

Education and work experience:
• High School Diploma
• No prior experience required

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BSC Store Clerk- GTMO

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• High School Diploma
• No prior experience required

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Materials Coordinator Winston Salem

Education and work experience:
• High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
• 2 years’ experience in shipping and receiving

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BSC Store Clerk Macdill AFB

Education and work experience:
• High School Diploma
• No prior experience required

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For more information, please contact Brent Burkholder at 336 245 5611 or bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org.

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