Events

Tips for Filing an Appeal Letter for A Cooling Vest

Tips for Filing an Appeal Letter for A Cooling Vest

The National MS Society publishes a Health Insurance Appeal Letter Toolkit for Clinicians, It’s ok if you are not a clinician, you can still use the template for the Cooling Vest Appeal Letter. You have to scroll down quite a bit to get to the Cooling Vest Model Appeal Letter and Abstracts of Studies Cited in Letters. The 2 studies that are mentioned in the model appeal letter…

UnderCool Cooling Vest Now Available in Australia at RehaCare

UnderCool Cooling Vest Now Available in Australia at RehaCare

We are thrilled to announce that ThermApparel’s UnderCool Cooling Vests are now available for purchase in Australia just in time for hot summer days at RehCcare.

Rochester Sled Hockey Clinic with Rochester Accessible Adventures

We had a great time with the Rochester Sled Hockey and Rochester Accessible Adventures a few weeks ago. We had some of the athletes try the UnderCool when they were out on the ice and the response was great! We here at ThermApparel have discovered that the UnderCool is helping out the spinal cord injury population and we are excited to be able to help. If you have any questions or would like more info on the UnderCool or purchase one click here or give us a holler or email contact.us@thermapparel.net If you have any ideas for which content you'd like to see from us, please let me know!

Stay Cool out there... it's starting to heat up. 

Cheers! 
Julia

 

 

How to Prepare for a Ride

How to Prepare for a Ride

With the start of fall comes the start of Ride— or Bike— season! If you decide to participate in a Ride this fall, you certainly don't have to take it as seriously as a competition or a race. The most important thing is to have fun, so we've compiled a few things to get you ready for the big day:

Kayaking

Kayaking

If you love water but don't necessarily love getting wet, then aquatic sports might not seem right for you. But what if there was a way to be near the water without ever getting wet and you get a workout out of it? Sounds too good to be true? Don't take it from us, hop on a kayak or canoe and try it out for yourself!

Hiking

Hiking

Beautiful weather and clear skies are a perfect recipe for a day outdoors. Grab your walking shoes and hit your favorite trail— or visit a route you've never traveled before!

Inside Look: Accessibility in the NY State Fair

Inside Look: Accessibility in the NY State Fair

As a Texan, I am no stranger to large and crowded State Fairs. However, in spite of living nearly 6 years in upstate New York, I never had the time or opportunity to make it down to the NY State Fair. So when a good friend of mine (and Syracuse native) offered to show me around, I immediately said yes! 

Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

Summer is the time for festivals and fairs. If you haven't had the chance to grab a funnel cake or fried Oreo then you're doing summer wrong, my friend. Still, summer festivals, with their large crowds and hot weather, are no walk in the park. As a seasoned festival-goer here are some of my quick rules to enjoying (and surviving) a summer festival.

The Summer Bucket List

The Summer Bucket List

Summer is almost over! Whether you're dying of boredom at this point or desperately behind on your summer to-do list, we've got some fun activities that are a must before the summer ends. Remember, what's the point of working hard if you don't play harder?

Inside Look: Walk MS 2017

Inside Look: Walk MS 2017

Crystal shares her story on what it was like to participate in Walk MS Buffalo and Rochester. 

The Coolest Newsletter

The Coolest Newsletter

This month we discuss a whirlwind of events: RIT's Effective Access Technology Conference, the Rochester Venture Challenge, Imagine RIT, and Walk MS!

How to Prepare for a Walk

How to Prepare for a Walk

With the start of summer comes the start of Walk season! This means that several organizations around the country are gearing up to host Walks for fundraising and to increase awareness of the cause they represent. If you decide to participate in a Walk this summer, here are a few things you should do to prepare yourself for the big day...

Powerful Solutions at RIT's IdeaLab

by Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin

The students, mentors, and coaches that participated in RIT's 2016 Fall IdeaLab. 

The students, mentors, and coaches that participated in RIT's 2016 Fall IdeaLab. 

Twice a year the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) holds a intensive problem solving workshop known as IdeaLab. Students, alumni, professors, and community experts volunteer their time for the weekend to brainstorm and present solutions to unique problems assigned by community organizations. As part of RIT's dedication to effective access technology, the IdeaLabs typically focus on healthcare and the medical industry.

This year the Fall IdeaLab partnered with Al Sigl Community of Agencies. The local non-profit presented eight unique problems for the students to consider. The students and coaches then split into eight teams to spend the rest of the weekend working on one of those eight problems.

Team 7 members from left to right: Brad Dunn (design mentor), Mark Brown (student), Crystal Mendoza Paulin (engineering mentor), Gerald Garavuso (team coach), Jiameng Huang (student), Gopika Nair (student), Peggy Fortune (Al Sigl mentor).

Team 7 members from left to right: Brad Dunn (design mentor), Mark Brown (student), Crystal Mendoza Paulin (engineering mentor), Gerald Garavuso (team coach), Jiameng Huang (student), Gopika Nair (student), Peggy Fortune (Al Sigl mentor).

Brad and I lent our design and engineering expertise to the room at large but spent the majority of our time with Team 7. The team was tasked with creating a physical stabilizing system for individuals that use communication devices. This problem was pitched by Al Sigl's member agency, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center. Several neurological disorders that impair speech also impair fine motor movement so the team needed to build a system that could stabilize a user's hand and fingers to produce easy and reliable typing.

Of course, one weekend is not enough time to completely solve these complex problems. However, the hard work and creativity of the teams often produce viable results. Some teams even continue working on the projects after the weekend is over and turn in completed products to the organizations that need them.

IdeaLab is always an interesting and inspiring weekend. RIT was the first to institute a program of this size and magnitude and now the "IdeaLab method" is being propagated throughout other colleges and universities in the United States. I've participated for years and never fail to volunteer at each session. IdeaLab is free and open to the public and I sincerely encourage all of you to observe a session. There's nothing quite like watching the best and brightest work together to create solutions for people with special needs and abilities. And it's all for the betterment of our society.

For more information on RIT's Fall IdeaLab, visit here.

Big Fun at Al Sigl's WalkAbout

by Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin

Winners of the annual costume contest wait to receive their awards.  Photos courtesy of Jolana Babacek Photography and Al Sigl.

Winners of the annual costume contest wait to receive their awards. Photos courtesy of Jolana Babacek Photography and Al Sigl.

I am a shameless morning person but my co-founders most definitely are not.  So convincing them to arrive at Eastview Mall by 8:30 am on a Sunday morning was no small feat. It was, however, one that I was more than happy to accomplish. So I dragged them, kicking and screaming, to set up our table.

Kurtis Kracke (left) and Brad Dunn (right), tired but present at the Thermapparel table for WalkAbout.

Kurtis Kracke (left) and Brad Dunn (right), tired but present at the Thermapparel table for WalkAbout.

WalkAbout is an event that is very close to my heart. Each year Al Sigl hosts the walk at Eastview Mall to raise money for it's member agencies. Most importantly, however, WalkAbout is a celebration of the abilities of the children serviced by Al Sigl's member agencies. 

I had the wonderful privilege last year to volunteer for WalkAbout and fell in love with the charming children and their ingenious costumes.

Costume contest participants wait to hear results from the judges. 

Costume contest participants wait to hear results from the judges. 

This year Al Sigl was kind enough to offer us a table to showcase UnderCool. We have partnered with Al Sigl since our inception and it is always rewarding to demonstrate our products and progress to the communities that need our cooling solutions the most. We learn so much from the thoughts and impressions of our local experts (hint: that's you!).

Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin at Thermapparel's table talking about UnderCool to a walker.

Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin at Thermapparel's table talking about UnderCool to a walker.

By the end of the event, even Brad and Kurtis perked up (the free coffee certainly helped). We all had so much fun at the event and cannot wait for next year!

For more information on WalkAbout, visit here.

ThermApparel at Bike MS

ThermApparel at Bike MS

At ThermApparel we’ve had August 27th circled on our calendar for a long time. Bike MS is the largest fundraising bike series in the world, and it embodies everything we are trying to accomplish:  supporting people living with MS to continue their active and healthy lifestyles.

ThermApparel Announced as Finalist for Digital Rochester's GREAT Awards

GREAT Awards 2016 logo.

ThermApparel has been announced as a finalist for Digital Rochester's GREAT Awards. The local non-profit hosts the awards every year to recognize Rochester businesses across different fields. ThermApparel has been nominated for the Student Achievement Award. The winners will be announced at the GREAT Awards Night in September.

To read more about the GREAT Awards, visit here.

ThermApparel Wins Al Sigl Award at Imagine RIT

ThermApparel showcase their results at Imagine RIT.

ThermApparel won the Al Sigl Award from Dr. Destler's Access and Inclusion Technology Conference at Imagine RIT. We enjoyed the competition and speaking with other students working on accesst technology products. However, we especially enjoyed meeting and speaking with members of the community. The varied population that attends Imagine RIT really inspired us to continue working to improve our products in order to meet their needs. 

ThermApparel at Imagine RIT

Every year, engineers present their Senior Design projects at Imagine RIT. Several of ThermApparel's engineers worked on our products as their Senior Design project. Thus, ThermApparel will be exhibited at Imagine RIT this year!

Promotional poster for Dr. Destler's Access and Inclusion Technology Challenge.

In addition to a general exhibition of our product designs, ThermApparel will also be participating in Dr. Destler's Access and Inclusion Technology Challenge. We have been selected as a finalist from among dozens of other student led projects and we are looking forward to the competition. ThermApparel will be exhibiting in the Clark Gym on May 7 for Imagine RIT, we hope to see you there!