Albert Manero of Limbitless Solutions will speak virtually this week at a U.N. symposium. (Phioto by Nick Leyva ’15)

UCF-based Limbitless Solutions Returns to U.N. to Talk About Inclusivity

By: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala on

This week marks the fourth time in three years that representatives from UCF-based Limbitless Solutions has spoken at the United Nations.

Limbitless Solutions, which makes bionic arms for children and expects to launch adult clinical trials in 2021, has been a strong advocate of the power technology to create a more inclusive world. The U.N. hosted a multi-stakeholder dialogue event Tuesday, which focused on using sports to help break down barriers to economic development and as a way to spread peace. Technology now and in the future can help everyone participate in sports, which means they can all participate in spreading peace.

Technology impacts many aspects of our lives and is even responsible for keeping the U.N. conference on track despite a global pandemic that has restricted travel. The conference is virtual this year.

“It is an absolute honor to represent UCF on a global stage and to advocate for inclusion,” says Albert Manero ’12 ’14MS ’16PhD, president and one of the co-founders of the nonprofit. “Limbitless is a champion of inclusion and access to technology, which allows for that representation and inclusion in the world of sports.”

The U.N. Division for Inclusive Social Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs sponsors the event that brings together stakeholders from across the globe. It aims to identify challenges, opportunities, and policy recommendations on key issues involving sports globally.

This year, the research and products shared at the meeting focused on the technological needs never before experienced as a result of COVID-19. Now more than ever, the global community must pull together good practices and identify gaps where new policies and priceless technology can be implemented to adapt to the “new normal” of the virus, officials say.

“Today was an incredible opportunity to hear from and participate with the diverse participants from around the globe,” Manero says. “Angela Ruggiero, the Olympic gold medalist and co-founder of the Sports Innovation Lab, led the breakout session focused on ‘Innovative approaches and strategies to make the world a more inclusive place.’ We hope to build on the discussion today to advance our advocacy and collaborative efforts.”

Manero first visited the U.N. in 2018, serving on a panel as part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities events. That was followed by two visits in 2019 with both undergraduate students and staff participating alongside a prior recipient of one of the organization’s bionic arms.

This week, Manero will be speaking to attendees and members of the U.N. virtually on the use of technology and its increased role in improving access and inclusivity in sports.

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