Apple proposes new emoji for disabled people

Following Apple’s stance on the inclusion of everybody and the inbuilt accessibility features into all its platforms. Today, Apple has submitted new emojis for people with disabilities. 

The new emojis

  • Guide Dog with Harness
  • Person with White Cane
  • Ear with Hearing Aid
  • Deaf Sign
  • Person in Mechanised Wheelchair
  • Person in Manual Wheelchair
  • Mechanical or Prosthetic Arm
  • Mechanical or Prosthetic Leg
  • Service Dog with Vest and Leash


In the proposal, Apple writes:


“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”


In total there are 13 new emojis for men and women and 45 in total when the skin tones are included.


The next Unicode Technical Committee meeting is at the Adobe Headquarters – next month – in San Jose.


If approved the characters would be put in the short list for approval in Q1 of 2019. If they pass that hurdle they will be released in Emoji 12.0 (the latest version of Unicode).


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