IFB Beat – Week of May 9, 2022

News to Know

YMCA Camp Hanes opportunity announcement!

IFB’s generous donor is again fully sponsoring kids of our employees to attend one week of the traditional residential camp at the YMCA Camp Hanes (camphanes.org) this summer! The Camp is located on four hundred acres at the base of the Sauratown Mountain in King just 30 minutes north of Winston-Salem. From archery to hiking, alpine wall to zip-lining, swimming to kayaking, your kids are sure to learn new skills and make lifelong friends in a safe environment. Please call the Camp with any Camp-related questions: (336) 983-3131.

Eligibility Criteria:
Full or part-time IFB employees with children or grandchildren ages 6-15 are eligible. Must be past their 90 days of service OR IFB Solutions contract employees who have been working for IFB through one of our contract labor partners for at least 12 months. Campers must be 6 or be attending the 1st grade in the fall of 2022.

Submit the Camp registration form to Brent Burkholder by 12:00 PM Tuesday, May 10 (you can attach a copy of your submitted online application too). Please submit all applications to Brent via email at bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org or in his IFB mailbox located in the mailroom along with the following: 1) a one-page essay written by you as a parent about why you would like your child to join the YMCA Camp Hanes this summer, 2) a statement/short essay by your child answering a similar question: Why would you like to experience the YMCA Camp Hanes this summer? and 3) also we ask you an/or your child to be ready to craft a statement about the Camp experience if asked at the end of summer. Ask your supervisor for a paper version of the registration form.
Selection will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. Up to ten residential camp slots are available. IFB employees are also eligible for a Day Camp opportunity. All required documentation must be completed to be considered. IFB development and HR staff are available to assist employees who are blind with the application form if necessary. No transportation will be provided by IFB Solutions to bring your child to or from the Camp. The Camp scholarship winners will be selected by May 13. If your child or grandchild is not selected to be funded by the scholarship, they can still attend the Camp this summer at a 50% discounted rate. All IFB employees’ children are eligible for this discount.
If you have any questions, please contact Brent Burkholder at X5611.

Update on Steps to SEE:

We are thrilled that Steps to SEE Walkathon came to an exciting end! We are looking forward to the celebration at Field Day in Charlotte on May 14th when we will announce how many miles our S.E.E. students from across the state have walked! S.E.E. students, teachers, and parents have raised over $14,000 to send children who are blind to S.E.E. summer camps this summer. Sponsors and supporters of IFB have donated another $16,000. Be on the lookout for the final results and to find out which student has walked the furthest! Thank you to everyone who has supported our students!


Programs and Services

Extra, Extra come learn all about us!

The Winston-Salem chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is hosting a membership drive on Monday, May 9 at 12:00 in TADS room. We are here to answer all your questions and help you get involved with an organization that believes in living the life you want!

Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, May 9 NFB meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, May 10 Transportation support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.


Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:

Tactile Chess/$27.95 | Finally a Chess Set that is designed specifically with the Blind and Visually Impaired in mind! This attractive wooden chess board is completely tactile, including pegs on each plastic playing piece and holes in the wooden chess board which hold each piece in place on each square. For additional tactile recognition, each plastic piece is shaped differently; white pieces have a bump on top, and the dark squares on the board are raised to help track board colors. Measures 14″ x 9″.

The Low Vision center is a one stop shop! While you are purchasing a tactile Chess Set check out a tactile Rubik’s Cube!

CLVC April item of the month:

Eschenbach Contrast Enhancing Solar Shields $49.00. Available in multiple colors to filter light and cut down on glare.

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

Check out Winter Robinson’s YouTube channel

Puzzled Skunk and Iron Zebra is a YouTube Channel dedicated to reviews, friendship, and overall having a good time. We mainly review Disney films however Puzzled Skunk will from time to time review Harry Potter, and anything else that catches her fancy. Both Iron Zebra and I have Asperger’s and we look at life through a whole new lens. If you want a good laugh and a good distraction come check us out.


Spacefelt – A New Assistive Technology Innovation For People With Visual Impairment

I’m Vivian from Grailmaker Innovations. Our startup has developed Spacefelt, a tagging and labelling app for persons with visual impairment. Using it, the user can tag, label and identify objects around them independently. The idea of Spacefelt came up when my friend, Aishwarya, who is a visually impaired tactile artist wanted some technology that will help her identify colors:


Zeno Radio (iOS/iPadOS)

Zeno Radio allows you to listen to your favorite radio stations from around the world. In an easy to use free App, find your favorite radio station by country and listen by streaming or dialing a phone number to save data. With an expanding list of stations and new countries being added weekly, the new Zeno Radio app is the best way to listen to your countries home radio stations.

Read ZenoRadio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

Visit ZenoRadio’s App Store page


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


We are excited to announce the new ScripTalk mobile app is now available in the iOS and Android App Stores

ScripTalk Mobile IOS App now available. Download here https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scriptalk-mobile/id1317698388

ScripTalk mobile Android App now available. Download here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mistral.scriptalkmobilev2


 The WeWalk Smart Cane is now available in the US.


The WeWALK smart cane pairs an ultrasonic cane handle with an Ambutech graphite white cane to create a cane that can detect obstacles above chest height, in addition to those on the ground.  A free smartphone iOS or Android app can also be downloaded to provide additional guidance tools including guided navigation, points of interest exploration, and a public transit integration.  WeWALK is best used by people already familiar with white cane mobility skills.

Obstacle Detection

  • Detects anything above chest height, including lampposts, tree branches, truck mirrors, and street signs
  • Detection range can be set between 30 and 70 inches, using the preference menu on the app, or through the menu on the WeWALK touch pad
  • Also handy for detecting elevators and revolving doors
  • Useful for social distancing

Accessible Navigation, via the app

  • Turn by turn directions, with choice of left/right/straight guidance or clock directions
  • Low vision maps
  • Percentage journey completed
  • Multi-modal navigation, including integration with public transit and guidance towards the proper bus stops and exits

Exploration, via the app

  • Scans an area and notifies a user of popular points of interest, including cafes, restaurants, and museums
  • Categories include Arts & Entertainment and Pubs & Clubs
  • Points of interest can be saved as a favorite destination, offer a phone number for dialing, connect to Uber for a ride to the location, or provide guided navigation to the destination

Public Transportation, via the app

  • Check arrival times for buses or trains in the area
  • View timetables for local transit
  • View and track all stops on a selected route
  • Receive notification when the destination is reached and it is time to exit


  • Available in 3 lengths, 51”, 54”, and 59”
  • App available in 10 languages, including Spanish
  • Weight: 0.80 pounds
  • 20 hour average battery life; USB chargeable
  • Free 1 on 1 training sessions with a WeWALK specialist
  • One year manufacturer warranty

Product Instructions
Click here for the WeWALK user manual

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We are HeRe for you!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Not only is keeping your physical health in check important, keeping your mental health in check should also be a priority! On May 9th and May 18th during regular lunch hours, IFB Solutions is hosting the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County for Lunch and Learns! These will be 30 minute sessions, with food provided on the topic of “Importance of Self-Care/Building Resiliency”. There will be valuable information shared during these sessions, so we encourage you to sign up as there is limited availability! Please contact Haleigh Yarboro via email hyarboro@ifbsolutions.org or phone at extension 5635 if you are interested.


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

Customer Service Representative – JMS & Associates

Education and work experience:
• Associates degree in medical related field preferred
• 2-3 years experience in medical insurance billing required
• 2-3 years call center experience required

External candidates may apply at
Internal candidates may apply at


Production Assistant T-Shirt Department – Winston-Salem Facility

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


Quality Auditor – Winston-Salem Facility

Education and work experience:
• High School graduate or equivalent
• 1-3 years previous Quality Inspection experience preferred

Internal candidates may apply at


BSC Store Clerk- FERC

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

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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