Apple has proposed 13 new emoji to better represent people with disabilities. Created alongside the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf, the new emoji include wheelchair users, guide dogs, and an ear with a hearing aid. The emoji will be available in multiple skin tones.
In its submission to the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit that signs off on new emoji, Apple wrote: “Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.
“Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all.”
The diversity of emoji has improved in recent years, with the introduction of different skin tones, same-sex couples, and gender-neutral emoji, among others.
If approved, the new emoji will be available on iPhones, Androids, and computers from the first half of 2019. Check out the proposed emoji above, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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