New Disability Emojis

Last month Apple announced that they are proposing to release 13 new emojis next year to represent people with disabilities.   The new emojis, if approved, will include a guide dog, hearing aid, people using canes and wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs.

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.”

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.”

Here are some of the proposed new emojis:

We think this is a great step forward, although a bit overdue.    So far the response from the public is quite positive.

Watch this space for 2019!.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

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