New Emojis Representing Users with Disabilities Proposed by Apple

New Emojis Representing Users with Disabilities Proposed by Apple

Apple has proposed new design emojis that represent individuals with disabilities.  The emojis that are approved during this meeting will appear when Emoji 12.0 is released during the second half of 2019. Emojis originally was just a cute niche used as an accessory for text messages, but it has now evolved into a meaningful form of communication. Pre-emoji texts were often taken out of context by the reader. How many times have you texted a friend with the intention of being funny, and they reacted harshly? Emojis have gone far beyond the standard punctuation of exclamation marks. 

Emojis are often used at the end of sentences and paragraphs to assure the correct emotion is being expressed and received. These days, some people are capable of communicating with emojis alone, assuming the receiver is able to decode the meaning.

Apple adds new emojis to iOS on an annual basis. These emojis are usually related to objects, animals, foods, and people. This year, Apple has decided to design emojis that represent individuals with disabilities. These emojis will include about 45 variations of people, objects, and guide dogs. Apple has developed the new emojis with the help of the National Association of the Deaf, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the American Council of the Blind.

The list shown below has been sent to the Unicode Technical Committee. A meeting to discuss and approve the new emojis is scheduled to take place in San Jose next month. The emojis that are approved during this meeting will appear when Emoji 12.0 is released during the second half of 2019.

Potential New Emoji List:

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

The emojis listed above are just a starting point for Apple. They plan to develop more emojis related to disabilities. It’s time the disabled community has the chance to be represented with various emojis that are helpful when communicating with others.

The disabled community is hopeful the new emojis are approved and will encourage other tech companies to follow Apple’s lead. There is an entire world to be discovered when it comes to the disabled community. Wheelchair users will surely be happy to finally be represented, as well as the deaf and those with prosthetic limbs.

The more emojis that can be developed in relation to disabilities will build a stronger community and help society become familiar with the disabled community. This is just the beginning but it can open up a new form of communication between wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users.

Sometimes non-wheelchair users don’t know how to communicate well with wheelchair users in public places. Generally, it’s the lack of access the non-disabled user has to the disabled community. If society can become familiar with emojis that represent people with disabilities, perhaps it can help them become more comfortable communicating through text, email and in person.

The emojis go beyond just a form of communication, they merge society together and help people have a better understanding of the disabled community and proper communication.

Do you plan to use the emojis that represent disabilities?

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