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Because insurance companies are reluctant to pay for custom therapeutic braces and prosthetics for child cerebral palsy patients who are still growing, the challenge, as explained by Gabriella Cammarata—designer in residence at NYU Tandon—is using 21st century technologies to create these much-needed orthotics. At NYU’s MakerSpace, researchers from across the university—engineers from Tandon, medical experts from Langone, occupational therapy students from Steinhardt—joined by members of the Ability Project, are collaborating on “Maker Brace,” a new, low-cost approach to custom orthotics made on 3-D printers using precise measurements taken by a mobile app. The braces are “being used regularly by out test patients and there’s improvement in their ability, and that’s very exciting,” says Cammarata.