🆕 📲 New: Apple has submitted a proposal to Unicode for accessibility emojis including people in wheelchairs, service dogs, and prosthetic limbs. If approved, they'll be on phones next year https://t.co/ic87QRkDpj pic.twitter.com/d7NISQR0me
— Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) March 23, 2018
Apple’s submitted its proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the organisation which reviews requests for new emoji characters.
In its submission Apple said: “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.”
It’s made 13 suggestions of emojis to introduce.
A guide dog
A man and woman walking with a cane
A man and woman signing that they are deaf
An ear with a hearing aid
A man and woman in both mechanical and manual wheelchairs
A service dog (a trained dog that helps those with hidden disabilities)
A prosthetic arm
A prosthetic leg
Apple said: “This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all possible depictions of disabilities, but to provide an initial starting point for greater representation for diversity within the emoji universe.”