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IFB Solutions Logo IFB Solutions Takes to the Big Screen, Wins Coveted Telly Award for SEE Summer Camp Video 06/20/19

The team at IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind in the country, is staying red-carpet ready. The Winston-Salem based nonprofit has been part of three award-winning videos or documentaries this spring. Most recently, IFB was honored with the prestigious Telly Award for “The Perfect Summer: SEE Camps 2018,” a video about …

Woman uses low vision tools to cook chicken salad Low Vision Cooking in the Carolina Kitchen: Chicken Salad 06/20/19

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 her recipe for Cream Cheese Brownies, and see these tools and resources in action! Find the recipe and video here.

Camper getting ready to go down a zip line Summer Camps for Kids who are Blind 06/19/19

Summer vacation—it’s something almost every school-age kid eagerly anticipates. But that wasn’t the case for Sam Chandler at age 11. Sam’s been nearly blind since he was very young—he has no vision in the left eye and 20/1600 in the right eye. That means that what he can see at 20 feet, the average person can see …

two boys work on the IFB Plant floor in little rock Summer Program for Blind Teens Teaches Them Life Skills and Self-Worth 06/17/19

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A unique summer program for the severely visually impaired or blind is teaching local teens life skills and self-worth. The best part– it is even helping them land jobs. Curtis Chase,  director of operations at IFB Solutions, formerly Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, says he hopes to give these kids a …

Women using low vision tools to cook brownies Low Vision Cooking in the Carolina Kitchen: Cream Cheese Brownies 06/14/19

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 her recipe for Cream Cheese Brownies, and see these tools and resources in action! Find the recipe and video here.

The Winston Salem Chronicle Annual Community Service Awards IFB Solutions win Innovator Award from the Winston-Salem Chronicle 06/06/19

The city’s oldest and most respected community newspaper rolled out the red carpet and invited more than 1,000 people from all walks of life to come together and celebrate those in our community who go the extra mile to make a difference during The Chronicle’s Annual Community Service Awards held on the campus of Winston-Salem …

Woman uses low vision tools to assist her in the kitchen Low Vision Cooking in the Carolina Kitchen 06/06/19

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 her recipe Buffalo Chicken Dip, and see these tools and resources in action! Find the video and recipe here.

Couple being served food at Finnegan's Wake Winston-Salem Businesses Raising Money To Send Kids Who Are Blind To Summer Camp 05/22/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Eighteen bars, restaurants, and music venues in Winston-Salem are engaging in a friendly competition this month to see who can raise the most money to send kids who are blind to summer camps for free. Every year since Ben James was six years old, he has been blessed with the opportunity to go …

Community Foundation of Henderson County awards $228,890 in grants 05/13/19

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. – Community Foundation of Henderson County recently made $228,890 in grant awards through the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment, its Community Grant process, and an emergency ask. IFB Solutions, Asheville Division was awarded $15,000 in support of the Focus on Literacy Program. Read more here.

Curtis smiles at the little rock IFB Solutions Curtis Chase Named Operations Director at IFB Solutions 05/06/19

LITTLE ROCK, A.R. – Curtis Chase has been promoted to director of operations at IFB Solutions Little Rock, formerly Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind. Chase has been with the company for 19 years, most recently serving as production manager. In his new position, he will oversee a staff of 140, with 75% being blind or …

Young boy smiles at an IFB SEE Camp Restaurants and Others Plan Fundraisers for IFB 05/03/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – During the month of May, a handful of local restaurants, breweries and others will be raising money for the Help Kids S.E.E. camps of IFB Solutions. The program sends blind children to summer camp for free. The camps are part of IFB’s programs to help blind children develop skills for independent living, …

IFB Solutions Logo IFB Solutions honors employees and volunteers of the year 05/02/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – IFB Solutions recently honored its employees, volunteers and vendors for their commitment to helping IFB Solutions provide jobs, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. IFB Solutions, a nonprofit corporation with manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, Asheville and Little Rock, Ark., is the nation’s largest employer of people who …

Woman and boy sit smiling SEE and Focus on Literacy 05/02/19

According to Prevent Blindness North Carolina, more than 25,000 preschoolers and close to 350,000 school-age children have visual problems. Children like seven-year-old Aiden Bradley who was born with vision challenges and whose family struggled for many years to find resources that would help make the most of what vision he did have. “It was very …

Lynn Drake smiles for picture Employee of the Year, Lynn Drake, featured in Winston Salem Journal 05/01/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Lynn Drake of Winston-Salem was named the overall IFB Solutions Employee of the Year. She joined IFB Solutions almost 10 years ago and has worked in 13 different manufacturing operations. Drake also served as a Low Vision technician at IFB’s Community Low Vision Center. Currently, she is a sewing machine operator on the …

Man working with fabric. IFB Solutions: A nonprofit with a vision 04/25/19

IFB Solutions: A nonprofit with a vision If you’re not familiar with the work that Industries for the Blind (IFB Solutions) does for our community, we’d highly recommend learning more about them in our #AshevilleSpotlight. This nonprofit is on a mission to create opportunities for the visually impaired or blind, and provides manufacturing jobs for …

Encouraging a Love for Reading with Children who are Visually Impaired 04/08/19

IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs Nicole Ducouer was invited to write as a guest blogger for Triad Moms on Main. In her article, she writes about IFB Solutions’ Community Low Vision Center and the opportunities it provides for young readers who are blind or visually impaired.   Read Nicole’s article here. 

‘Blind Adventure Camp’ Film Featured at RiverRun Festival in Winston-Salem 04/05/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — ‘Blind Adventure Camp’ screens during the RiverRun film festival in Winston-Salem starting Saturday at 5 p.m. It will take place at SECCA in Winston-Salem. Tickets are $10 online. See the story here.

Blind woman talks to group while cooking Legally Blind Chef Serves Up Knowledge for the Blind, and a Lesson for the Sighted 04/01/19

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — At the sixth annual Live Well Expo, people got the chance to learn more about health and wellness through education and free health screenings. At the live cooking demonstrations, one local chef served up inspiration for the community. Click here to learn more

IFB Solutions Logo Ed Vest Joins IFB Solutions as Controller 03/26/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ed Vest has joined IFB Solutions as controller. Previously, he was with BB&T for 25 years, serving as corporate controller for seven years and most recently Vest was the company’s Corporate Strategy and Funding Manager. At IFB, Vest will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating accounting operations. Click here to learn more

Blind Bowlers Compete in Statewide Tournament 03/18/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — North Carolina’s top ranked blind bowlers are facing off in Winston-Salem for a statewide head-to-head match-up. The Charles E. Roane Invitational Tournament is hosted by the Forsyth County Blind Bowlers, many of which are employees at IFB Solutions. Click here to learn more

Female student is fitted for her new glasses IFB, Luxexcel Provide Free Eyeglasses for Students 03/14/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Last week, IFB Solutions and Luxexcel, the only company in the world with technology that can 3D-print custom ophthalmic lenses, provided more than a dozen local students with free eyeglasses. The eyeglasses, which where made at IFB Solutions using the printer developed by Luxexcel, were distributed on Thursday, March 7, at the IFB …

Group of students with their new glasses Luxexcel and IFB Provides Free 3D Printed Glasses to Schoolchildren 03/14/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dutch 3D printed optical lens manufacturer, Luxexcel, and a non-profit organization for visually impaired, IFB Solutions have celebrated their one-year partnership in a unique way. The two companies provided free glasses with customized 3D printed lenses to seventeen school children in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where IFB Solutions is based. Click here to learn more

Young girl uses assistive technology for homework Free Technology and Summer Camps Available for Blind or Low-Vision Children in NC 03/08/19

DURHAM, N.C.– The Community Low Vision Center is operated by nonprofit IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind in the country. IFB has three centers in North Carolina — Winston-Salem, Durham and Asheville — as well as a Mobile Vision Clinic, which travels across the state bringing IFB’s low-vision expertise directly into …

Young girl tries on her new glasses Triad School Kids Receive Coolest Eyeglasses in Town with 3D Printed Lens 03/08/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nearly 20 Triad school children received a pair of glasses Thursday. The glasses were a gift in lieu of IFB Solutions and technology developer Luxexcel celebrating one year of partnership. The giveaway took place at IFB Solutions in Winston-Salem. The glasses feature lenses made with IFB’s 3D printer developed by Luxexcel, making …

Young boy tries on his new glasses for the first time Companies Give Out Free Glasses to Kids 03/08/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two companies, IFB Solutions and Luxexcel, celebrated one year of their partnership by giving out glasses to Winston-Salem and Forsyth County children. IFB Solutions, based out of Winston-Salem, is the largest employer of the blind or visually impaired. Luxexcel is the first company to 3D print prescription lenses. Seventeen children received free …

Aiden Bradley having an eye exam Low Vision Center Helps Children with Vision Problems 02/27/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– One in four school-aged children has vision problems, which can affect their learning. That was the case for 7-year-old Aiden Bradley, who has an abnormal optic nerve. Eventually, he was referred to the Community Low Vision Center, which is operated by IFB solutions. He saw a low vision specialist and finally got the …

Hands working on Stapler IFB Solutions Earns National Employment Growth Award 02/27/19

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– IFB Solutions was honored with the 2018 Employment Growth Award for its efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind. This is IFB’s 13th award, which is presented by National Industries for the Blind (NIB). In 2018, IFB added 63 jobs for people who are blind, and …

Woman sewing New Army Project in Winston-Salem Creates 62 Jobs for People Who Are Blind 02/20/19

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 …

Two women cooking Low Vision in the Kitchen 02/19/19

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.

Three women cooking Cooking with Low Vision 02/12/19

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.

Man working on T Shirts 2018 Employment Growth Award 02/01/19

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

Man beside Woman, looking at sketches. Man who lost sight hasn’t lost passion for wood-crafting 01/14/19

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

Christmas ornament made from cinnamon sticks Santa visits children at Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse 12/28/18

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 pulls a gift from his bag as a boy and a woman watch Santa visits Winston-Salem children who are blind 12/20/18

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.

Two women stand behind a counter while one of them arranges cooking supplies Cooking while visually impaired 12/05/18

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.

woman in striped shirt and sunglasses smiles Summit School students get a feel for what it’s like to be blind 11/27/18

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.

Woman, child and man stand in front of race track Family, motherhood lead Nicole Ducouer to pursue career at non-profit 11/15/18

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.

Woman getting a kiss on the cheek from her son while outdoors Nicole Ducouer Guest Blogs for Triad Moms on Main 11/13/18

Our Director of Communications, Nicole Ducouer, shares tips on finding work-life balance. Read more at Triad Moms on Main.

Exterior of Coliseum Drive Building IFB Solutions looks to expand with purchase of Coliseum Drive property 10/20/18

IFB Solutions, a nonprofit serving the visually impaired, looks to expand with purchase of Coliseum Drive property. Read more at The Winston-Salem Journal.

IFB exhibit features stories of achievement 10/18/18

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.

A hand holds a lens used in eye glasses. IFB Solutions President & CEO David Horton Responds to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Decision 10/17/18

IFB Solutions President & CEO David Horton Responds to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Decision. To read his statement, click here.

2018 Winston<40 Leadership Award Winners Announced 10/08/18

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 gives bullied, legally blind Stokes County teen new glasses 10/05/18

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.  

Grant fuels job surge for people who are blind at Winston-Salem’s IFB Solutions 09/19/18

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!

Raising money for IFB Solutions at Bingo for Bags 09/17/18

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!  

Raising money for IFB Solutions at Bingo for Bags 09/15/18

IFB Solutions is once again hosting Bingo for Bags in Little Rock, Arkansas. Get all the info here!

Nicole Ducouer on Triad Today 09/06/18

To watch Nicole’s interview and learn more about IFB Solutions, click here.

BFF’s at camp for the blind give us an inspiring taste of independence 07/16/18

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      

2 AR Youths Attend Camp for Blind, Visually Impaired 07/03/18

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.

Lens printed by Luxexcel Luxexcel Unveils 3D Printer of Ophthalmic Lens at Winston-Salem IFB Solutions 11/14/17

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.

Grant Weathers and Randy Buckner discuss CLVC and IFB Solutions Asheville on Spotlight Carolina 11/13/17

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.

David Hampton: Doing important work at IFB Solutions 10/13/17

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 …

Luxexcel 3D printer IFB Solutions Signs Contract with Luxexcel for Its 3D Printing Ophthalmic Lenses Platform 09/08/17

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 …

Students from CampH20 hold a banner and pose for the photo IFB Solutions Adds Newest Summer Camp Offering Focused on Water Safety and Sports for Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired 07/26/17

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 …

Representatives from Bank of America present a check for $1000 to IFB Solutions' Workforce Development with Clayton Sanders and Seth Anderson IFB Solutions Receives Bank Of America Grant for Workforce Development 07/13/17

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 Recognized at NCDOL Safety Awards Luncheon 06/27/17

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 Sponsors Randleman Lake Top Shelf Fishing Festival 06/20/17

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 …

WLOS Spotlight Carolina: Grant Weather and Dr. Sean Skierczynski speak about the Low Vision Center 05/07/17

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
Barbara Soderlund: Assistive Devices and Technology Help Seniors with Vision Problems 05/02/17

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
Putting In the Dark with Fox 16 News 04/26/17

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
IFB Solutions Logo Dan Kelly: Life-changing experiences for the blind 11/03/16

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
A man’s smiling face Guest columnist: Grateful for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 10/07/16

“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
A hand holds a lens used in eye glasses. Industries for the Blind faces legal challenge for VA optical contracts 09/11/16

“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
A man with a prosthetic leg runs down a sidewalk in a residential area while wearing sunglasses. Piedmont man continues passion of running despite losing leg, most of eyesight 07/07/16

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:

A woman in a red wig and mermaid costume looks up and away while smiling. A large, diverse cast tackles the two worlds of ‘The Little Mermaid’ 06/19/16

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: