Yes! Apple Proposes 13 New Emojis That Represent People With Disabilities
Here’s some great news: Apple has proposed a set of new emojis that will represent the disabilitiy community. The proposed emojis include an ear with a hearing aid, a person in a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm, a service dog, a person with a cane and more.
“Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities,” the company wrote in its proposal. “Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all.”
Apple worked with community organizations like American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf to create 13 new emoji representative of people with disabilities, according to Mashable.
The company wanted to make sure that members of the Deaf and Blind communities and people who use wheelchairs can be properly be depicted and so they won’t feel left out anymore.
“Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability,” Apple said in its proposal. “Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one’s own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one.”
Unicode— the organization responsible for our emoji, is in the process of considering the proposal ahead of a committee meeting next month. If they are approved, the characters could possibly be included in the 2019 Emoji 12.0.
Check Out The Gallery Of The New Emojis: