As the emoji world strives to be more inclusive, Apple is now proposing emojis to represent people with different disabilities.
Submitting a proposal to the emoji-creators Unicode Consortium, Apple has proposed a new line of “accessibility emojis,” and it's about time.
Apple's proposal reads: “Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities.
Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.”
And, in order to ensure the new emojis, which will include 13 total, would be inclusive of as many people as possible, Apple collaborated with organisations including the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf,.
The new emojis, if approved, will include a guide dog, hearing aid, people using canes and wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs.
According to Apple, the necessity for these emojis stems from the fact that: “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.”
However, the tech company made sure to point out that the new emojis would not cover all possible depictions of disabilities, but that they would be “an initial starting point.”
If approved, they'll be on phones next year