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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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.
– an ear with a hearing aid
– a man and woman walking with a cane
– 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.
Every major city needs one of these. Maybe the large amusement parks should look into adding this to their parks. Disney, Canada’s Wonderland, 6 Flags, etc…