Title

The Laci Brace: A more Comfortable and Affordable Brace for Childern with Walking Bisabilities

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The target audience are children that have walking disabilities and also low income families. This is important because the original ankle-foot orthosis is not comfortable for the children and the ankle-foot orthosis can be very expensive and some families can't afford it. My motivation to make this brace is my little cousin, Laci 5. She has Spina Bifida and she had to wear an ankle-foot orthosis to make her legs stronger and to help her get a more normal walk.The original ankle-foot orthosis do not really have a padding to protect the foot from the brace.The problem I am trying to solve, the ankle-foot orthosis isn't really affordable for the working class and it is not comfortable for the children with the walking disabilities. The material I am using is thermoplastic beads to make the shape of the brace, velcro to keep the foot inside the so the foot wouldn´t slip out the brace when walking, rivet nuts to connect the bottom and top of they brace so the child wearing the brace would have mobility when walking, and elastic band to it can help the brace snap back when walking.

Location

HSS 111

Start Date

4-2-2022 10:15 AM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

No

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Apr 2nd, 10:15 AM

The Laci Brace: A more Comfortable and Affordable Brace for Childern with Walking Bisabilities

HSS 111

The target audience are children that have walking disabilities and also low income families. This is important because the original ankle-foot orthosis is not comfortable for the children and the ankle-foot orthosis can be very expensive and some families can't afford it. My motivation to make this brace is my little cousin, Laci 5. She has Spina Bifida and she had to wear an ankle-foot orthosis to make her legs stronger and to help her get a more normal walk.The original ankle-foot orthosis do not really have a padding to protect the foot from the brace.The problem I am trying to solve, the ankle-foot orthosis isn't really affordable for the working class and it is not comfortable for the children with the walking disabilities. The material I am using is thermoplastic beads to make the shape of the brace, velcro to keep the foot inside the so the foot wouldn´t slip out the brace when walking, rivet nuts to connect the bottom and top of they brace so the child wearing the brace would have mobility when walking, and elastic band to it can help the brace snap back when walking.