In the News
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– A new project in Winston-Salem is creating jobs for people who are blind, and helping the Army at the same time. The new project at IFB Solutions is called the Molle 4000. IFB Solutions in Winston-Salem is creating a rucksack for the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. There are 480 steps in …
For IFB Solutions employee Diana Baker, using tools from the Community Low Vision Center in the kitchen has helped her regain her independence. Check out this recipe for Cheesy Pull-apart Cauliflower.
February is Low Vision Awareness Month and cooking with low vision has never been easier. Using items found at the Community Low Vision Center, IFB Solutions employee, Diana Baker shows how to make delicious fudgy brownies.
IFB Solutions in Winston-Salem just got a huge award for hiring 63 new employees who are blind. This company is doing some GREAT things!! Check out one amazing employee, Anastasia, who worked her way up the chain to provide for her kids. -Ashley Claster, Spectrum News
Dennis Rothfuss’ wood shop is a treasure trove of beautiful wooden pieces. See how he does all of this incredible work, despite being visually impaired. To see the full story watch here: WXII 12 News
Before making his trip around the world to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, Santa made a special stop at Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse on the IFB Solutions campus on Thursday, Dec. 20, to spread some holiday cheer to students who attend the after-school program at the facility. Read more at The Winston-Salem Chronicle.
Santa Claus will have his hands full next week, but today, he stopped to visit visually impaired students in Winston-Salem. Watch the full story here.
Toni Fraser, Low Vision Associate at IFB Solutions Little Rock, demonstrates how to use assistive cooking accessories and shares tips on navigating the kitchen for people who are visually impaired. Watch the full story here.
IFB Solutions employees talk to Summit School elementary students about how people who are blind or visually impaired navigate the world. To watch the whole story click here.
Nicole Ducouer shares the story behind her decision to become the Director of Communications for IFB Solutions, a non-profit serving the visually impaired. Read more at The Clemmons Courier.
Our Director of Communications, Nicole Ducouer, shares tips on finding work-life balance. Read more at Triad Moms on Main.
IFB Solutions, a nonprofit serving the visually impaired, looks to expand with purchase of Coliseum Drive property. Read more at The Winston-Salem Journal.
An exhibition by photographer Bowman Gray IV will be on display Oct. 18-Nov. 4 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Read more at Relish Magazine.
IFB Solutions President & CEO David Horton Responds to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Decision. To read his statement, click here.
Help us congratulate Nicole Ducouer on being one of the 2018 Winston under 40 leadership award winners. To find out more click here.
IFB Solutions and their low vision center gave a special surprise to one Stokes County student. The center learned about Michael Wishon after seeing a video on Facebook of the legally blind student getting bullied. To see the whole story click here.
Life changed for Scott Smith when he lost his vision suddenly as an adult due to optical neuropathy. He feared he`d never work again as the blind population is faced with a daunting 70-percent unemployment rate. To find out more click here!
IFB Solutions will be holding it’s Bingo for Bags fundraiser in Little Rock, Arkansas, Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6 pm – 9 pm. Get all the information here!
IFB Solutions is once again hosting Bingo for Bags in Little Rock, Arkansas. Get all the info here!
To watch Nicole’s interview and learn more about IFB Solutions, click here.
Take time to listen to the world around you and chances are, you’ll hear things differently. Watch the WLOS segment about the two friends here
Two Central Arkansas youths are back home after traveling to North Carolina to attend a week-long water sports camp for kids who are blind or visually impaired. Read the full story here.
Winston-Salem IFB Solutions is now home to the world’s first 3D printer of ophthalmic lens of its kind, which was made possible through a new partnership between IFB Solutions and Luxexcel. The new printer was unveiled this week at IFB Solutions. Watch the WFMY segment about the printer and its unveiling here.
Click here to watch the WLOS Spotlight Carolina segment with Grant Weathers and Randy Buckner, as they discuss the Community Low Vision Center and IFB Solutions in Asheville, NC.
One of the best aspects of my job leading the human resources team at IFB Solutions here in Winston-Salem is the privilege of witnessing the transformative power of a job for a person with disabilities. I see their pride in being able to live independently, of having financial freedom and of being part of a …
By now, Luxexcel is pretty well synonymous with 3D printed optics – it’s said to be the only company in the world that has the ability to 3D print ophthalmic lenses without having to polish or grind them. The company, with offices in Belgium and the Netherlands, launched its online 3D printing service in 2015, and has worked with …
Congratulations to Jordan Scheffer for winning this year’s Blind Idol competition! Jordan performed two songs: “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Jailer.” As the winner of the Blind Idol competition, she won $1,000, eight hours of recording time and a professional head shot. Special thanks to the Blind Idol finale judges: Peggy Carmina Jenks, Thao Nguyen …
Blind Idol was created three years ago by Anastasia Powell, an employee at IFB Solutions in Winston-Salem, NC. Inspired by the versatility of musicians who are blind, she decided to organize this competition to feature the talents of individuals who are legally blind. The 2017 Blind Idol finale will take place on August 12th at …
IFB Solutions marked the 10th anniversary of its Student Enrichment Experience (SEE) program for school-age children who are blind or visually impaired by launching a new summer camp – Camp H2O on the shores of Lake Norman in North Carolina. Camp H2O, held July 9-15, joins IFB’s other summer camp offerings – Adventure Camp at …
On July 13, representatives from Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation (Greg Cox, Micah Wolfington and Angie Turner) presented IFB Solutions with a grant for workforce development. The funds will be used for job training and placement for the blind and visually impaired at IFB. Our organization currently invests hundreds of thousands of dollars in training …
IFB Solutions was recognized on Friday, June 23rd, for its outstanding commitment to safety in the workplace. The NCDOL Safety Awards luncheon was held at the Cross Creek Country Club in Mt. Airy, NC, where IFB received the Gold Safety Award for the 7th consecutive year. IFB also received a plaque recognizing One Million hours …
IFB Solutions sponsored the Randleman Lake Top Shelf Fishing Festival presented by Operation North State on June 13, 2017. More than 60 veterans attended the 3rd annual festival, five of whom are IFB Solutions employees. The Randleman Lake Fishing Festival is just one of eight fishing festivals that Operation North State hosts each year for wounded …
IFB Solutions (formerly Industries for the Blind) Asheville’s mission is to provide employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. IFB Solutions Community Low Vision Center at 240 Sardis Road in Asheville is WNC’s resource for people who have low vision. Specialized low vision doctors provide low vision exams through our …Watch the Spotlight Carolina segment
As we age, it is common for our vision to change. For some, these changes mean greater difficulty in reading or working on the computer. Others may have cataracts that require out-patient surgery. Still others are facing more serious age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy that can have significant impact …Read more about Community Low Vision Centers
Toni Fraser and Rhonda Lewis from IFB Solutions appeared on Fox 16 Good Day to talk about the Putting In the Dark Event and how to participate.Watch the Putting In the Dark segment
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an opportunity to highlight the challenges of finding of job for people with disabilities. If you are blind, as I am, the unemployment rate is shockingly high — 70 percent. Imagine: Seven of every 10 persons who are blind cannot find a job. In my case, I’ve …Read more about Dan Kelly
“Although my visual impairment kept me from pursuing the career I wanted as a golf pro, it’s given me the most satisfying career I could ever ask for and I am grateful.”Read more about Grant Weathers
“Since (the agency) was established as a nonprofit agency in the AbilityOne program nearly 80 years ago, there has never been a more real threat to the work we do in providing employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired,’ said Danny Kelly, the agency’s chief operating officer.”Read more about legal challenge for VA optical contracts
“20-year-old vocalist and avid YouTuber Charity Hampton thrilled the audience with her expressive operatic singing voice and won the competition to thunderous applause. Her tender age and flowing blond hair concealed a vocal power — and four-octave range — that nestle beneath her youthful exterior.”Read more about Charity Hampton
Blind Idol is set for Saturday, August 6 at 7:00pm at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The audience can expect a unique and electrifying competition! Link to Article: http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/the_arts/blind-idol-finals-set-for-saturday-at-secca/article_3b49d09e-c6e3-5242-9527-192fd59fb1c6.html
Thanks to FOX8 for highlighting Dawson’s story and the A Brighter Path Foundation Race held on June 18 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds & Annex. Special thanks to Fleet Feet Sports Winston-Salem and On the Mark Sports for making this event possible! Link to article: http://myfox8.com/2016/07/07/piedmont-man-continues-passion-of-running-despite-losing-leg-most-of-eyesight/
Be sure to catch Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s production of “The Little Mermaid!” Four of our SEE (Student Enrichment Experience) students will be starring as sea creatures, and a Blind Idol finalist, Charity Hampton, will star as Sebastian. Link to article: http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/the_arts/performing_arts/a-large-diverse-cast-tackles-the-two-worlds-of-the/article_f7e77afb-2d95-5880-8a8a-9ca63c838c83.html?mode=jqm