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Apple proposes 13 emojis for people with disabilities

If accepted, these emojis will get shortlisted in Emoji 12.0 slated for a release in March 2019.

tech Updated: Mar 25, 2018 12:52 IST
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The proposed emojis depict people who experience blindness or low-vision, deafness or have trouble hearing.(Emojipedia)

Apple has proposed a number of emojis to the Unicode Consortium to better represent people with disabilities, reports Emojipedia. The emojis depict accessibility-related tools like hearing aids, guide dogs, and prosthetic limbs.

The proposed emojis depict people who experience blindness or low-vision, those who experience deafness or have trouble hearing, those with physical disabilities, as well as those with hidden disabilities like Autism, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs,” Apple wrote in its proposal to the Unicode Consortium.

“Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability. Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one’s own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one,” the company statement added.

In order to develop these proposed emojis, Apple worked with the American Council of the Blind, Cerebral Palsy Foundation and National Association for the Deaf.

The Unicode Technical Committee will meet up next month and vote on whether to approve these new emojis.

If approved, these characters would get shortlisted for Emoji 12.0, which is scheduled for a March 2019 release.

First Published: Mar 25, 2018 12:52 IST