Soon after the successful release of Animoji, Apple is planning to bring a new set of emojis on the market. It has already submitted a series of new symbols to the Unicode Consortium, as this organization needs to approve the emojis before people can use them. In this new series, there are plenty of disability emojis that should address to anyone, regardless of their conditions.
Apple submitted a series of disability emojis
On Friday, March 23rd, Apple put up a new list of emojis, and submitted this proposal to the supreme emoji authority, the Unicode Consortium. The disability emojis are included in a broader category described by the company as “accessibility emojis”. Their purpose is to help as many people relate to them as possible.
Apart from the disability emojis, including guard dogs, hearing aids, wheelchairs, and prosthetics, Apple focused more on diversity. As a result, the emojis will include both sexes and a multitude of skin colors and ethnicities. The new set has 45 items, and we can say it’s pretty diverse. Apple wanted to help disabled people no longer feel like outsiders, and it thought introducing these disability emojis would be a good idea.
The list of disabilities included in the set is far from complete
Apple was not alone when it designed these diverse emojis. It made use of a great deal of help from the Cerebral Pansy Foundation, the National Association of the Deaf, and the American Council of the Blind. However, if you have a disability that is not included in the new set, you shouldn’t feel offended.
Apple admitted the first bunch of disability emojis is far from complete. However, the company thinks it’s great for a start, and the list of accessibility emojis will definitely increase in the future. Unfortunately, it might take a while until you can use the symbols on your device. The next meeting of the Unicode Consortium should take place next month. However, Apple might include the new emojis with the 12.0 emoji update, which won’t happen before 2019.
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