Apple proposes 13 new emojis to represent people with disabilities

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Apple proposes 13 new emojis to represent people with disabilities video

Apple has suggested a new set of emojis to better represent people with disabilities.

In a submission to the Unicode Consortium, which reviews requests for new emoji characters, Apple said “adding emojis emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability”.

The 13 new emojis range from a guide dog to prosthetic limbs to wheelchair users.

“Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities,” the company said. “Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all.”

Apple is proposing 13 new emojis.

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Apple is proposing 13 new emojis.

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According to the submission, the new emojis focus on four main categories – blind and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, physical and motor skills, and hidden disabilities.

They include:

– an ear with a hearing aid

– a man and woman walking with a cane

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– a guide dog

– a prosthetic arm

– a prosthetic leg

– a man and woman signing they are deaf

– a service dog

– a man and woman in a manual wheelchair

– and a man and woman in a mechanical wheelchair.

The response so far has been generally positive on social media, with many users saying the move is long overdue.

 

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