Apple Proposes New Emojis For People With Disabilities

By BrieAnna J. Frank

Apple has outlined a series of emojis “to better represent individuals with disabilities,” according to a proposal submitted to the Unicode Consortium.

People on social media have been cheering for what some called long overdue representation. Emojis with hearing aids and using sign language, wheelchairs and white canes are among the proposed options for iPhones.

The proposal states that emojis “may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities,” but that diversifying emoji options “helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all.”

The new emojis would focus on representing people with disabilities in four main categories — blind and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, physical and motor skills and hidden disabilities.

“Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability,” the proposal said.

AppleThe emojis were developed in collaboration with organizations such as the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf, the proposal said.

Source: Business Insider

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