In a submission to the Unicode Consortium today, Apple has proposed a suite of new “accessibility emojis”.
New emojis proposed include a guide dog, hearing aid, prosthetic limbs, as well as people using canes and different types of wheelchairs.
“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”
Noting that this is “not meant to be a comprehensive list of all possibile depictions of disabiliites”, Apple goes on to explain that this is intended as “an initial starting point”.
Working with American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf, Apple’s submission to Unicode covers more detail about the background of this proposal.
In total there are 13 new emojis proposed when options for men and women are taken into account, or 45 in total when also including the options for skin tones. A summary of the characters being proposed for a future update to the Unicode Standard is presented below.