Apple’s New Emoji Designs Represent People With Disabilities

Apple’s New Emoji Designs Represent People With Disabilities
Technology

Apple proposed 13 new emojis to represent the experiences of people with disabilities, including a guide dog, prosthetic limbs and a person in a wheelchair

Ivanha Paz
  • 29 march 2018

Apple submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium (the organization that gets final say on emojis) to include 13 new ones, with varying skin tones, representing disabilities.

“One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability,” reads Apple’s proposal. “The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities.”

The technology company worked along with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf, to create emojis that would accurately represent their experience. The list includes guide dog with a harness, a person using a cane, an ear with hearing aid, a prosthetic arm and a person signing the word for “deaf.”

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Apple submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium (the organization that gets final say on emojis) to include 13 new ones, with varying skin tones, representing disabilities.

“One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability,” reads Apple’s proposal. “The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities.”

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