IFB Beat – Week of July 11, 2022

News to Know

Employee Giving Campaign Update

The Employee Giving Campaign 2022 is already making a difference in the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired this summer. Please watch this video of one of our campers, Nathaniel Hiatt: https://vimeo.com/725690307/e2a2044cf4.

If you have not participated in the Employee Giving Campaign 2022 this year, there are different ways you can still participate:
1. contact Tatiana Russell at trussell@ifbsolutions.org for a payroll deduction form.
2. Donate with cash or check.
3. Donate online at https://ifbsolutions.org/donate/

Thank you for your incredible support!


How to stay in the know at IFB:

So many ways to know what you need to know when you want to know it!

  • Please make sure your cell phone number is up to date with HR, so you won’t miss out on receiving the text message link sent every Sunday for the IFB Beat newsletter.
  • Listen to what is going on at IFB! You can call the Employee Information Line to find out what you need to know! The phone-line is updated in English and Spanish every Monday for your convenience. English line/336-245-5691, Spanish line/336-245-5663
  • You can receive The IFB Beat via email! For all IFB employees that do not have an IFB Solutions email and would like to receive the newsletter please submit your email address to Faith Harding at fharding@ifbsolutions.org or Shonn Redmond at sredmond@ifbsolutions.org.
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    Don’t forget about the Employee Information Wall! This is located in the employee entrance in Winston-Salem. Get your braille and large print copies of information! (Note this wall is a pilot in Winston-Salem before being displayed at other manufacturing locations.)


Programs and Services

See what S.E.E. is Doing!

Students enjoy the lazy river

S.E.E. Day Camp Winston enjoyed a spin around the lazy river at Tanglewood Park to cool off on a hot summer day.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Tuesday, July 12 Transportation support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Saturday, July 16 NFB meeting from 3:00-4:00 via Zoom.

Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Summer Sale!

During the Month of July, the Community Low Vision Center will be hosting a Discount Sale on various Products. Come by your local Center and check out the discounted items. Discounts are as high as 50% off.

CLVC Item of the Week:

Original Liquid Stitch – $3.95. Special fabric glue allows you to make quick repairs to hems and seams without the need for a needle and thread. Machine washable. Not recommended for dry cleaning.

The Low Vision center is a one stop shop! While you are purchasing a bottle of Liquid Stitch fabric glue ask about our needle threaders!


CLVC July item of the month:

A hand grips the strap of the Ramble Tag, which is affixed to the upper arm of the leader

Ramble Tag/Metro Cuff – $39.95.

This is a simple yet clever device that allows a sighted individual to more easily guide a visually impaired person who is wanting a guiding arm. The Ramble Tag/Metro cuff wraps around the guide’s upper arm. A drop loops from the cuff gives the guided person a handhold for guiding, without having to physically hold or touch the sighted guide. This allows for close contact guiding, while not having to get too close. The loop affords a little more space and independence between the guide and the guided and may offer a more comfortable way for a stranger to guide a person needing assistance. As a contactless guidance method, Ramble Tag is particularly useful for those who wish to avoid touching their guide and physical boundaries can be easily respected.


Insider Corner

Braille-on-Demand pilot project

As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS launched the Braille-on-Demand pilot project on Monday, June 20, 2022. This project will allow active NLS patrons to request and receive one hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use. If an individual who is not registered as a patron submits an order, NLS will refer the individual to their local network library to begin the process of becoming a patron.

Braille titles will be limited to books that are currently available on BARD, the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. At this time, requests are limited to one book per patron per month. Only complete titles will be distributed. Requests for partial titles (for example, volume one of a three-volume book) will result in receiving the entire book.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand. Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at nlsref@loc.gov for assistance in completing the form.


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

The AFB Centennial Book Club: Blind and Low Vision Authors Tell Their Stories

The American Foundation for the Blind, in partnership with Amazon, is pleased to present “The AFB Centennial Book Club: Blind and Low Vision Authors Tell Their Stories,” moderated by Joanna Hunt, head of accessibility at Amazon Books and Retail. In this hour-long conversation, the authors discuss how we can ensure greater representation in publishing, and what trends they are seeing regarding inclusion, both in the publishing space and in terms of accurate representation.

• Georgina Kleege—Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley where in addition to teaching creative writing classes she teaches courses on representations of disability in literature, and disability memoir. She is the author of More Than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art (2018), Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller (2006), Sight Unseen (1999), and Home for the Summer (1989).
• Zachary Shore—Professor of History at the Naval Postgraduate School and Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and author of A Sense of The Enemy, Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions, and What Hitler Knew, among other works.
• Jo Elizabeth Pinto—Author of Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark and The Bright Side of Darkness.

Watch the archived presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPawFLOFGkg




Job Announcements

AR Lab Process Manager

Education and Work Experience:
• High School diploma or GED equivalent
• 2-5 years’ experience in Anti-Reflection process preferably as a manager or supervisor of the process required
• Clean Room experience required
• 5+years of Optical lab experience required

External candidates may apply at


Internal candidates may apply at


Production Assistant- Mattress Department

Education and work experience:
• High School diploma or GED
• Three or more years of production experience
• Sewing experience would be beneficial

Internal candidates may apply at

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


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