Apple proposes 13 new emojis to represent people with disabilities

  13 April 2018    Read: 870
Apple proposes 13 new emojis to represent people with disabilities

The emoji include guide dogs and hearing aids, with the tech giant claiming it wants to better represent people with disabilities.

Apple has proposed a set of new emoji to provide better representation of people with disabilities.

The 13 emoji include guide dogs, hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and people using canes and wheelchairs.

In a statement, the tech giant said: "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.

"One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability."

Apple said its proposed additions are "not meant to be a comprehensive list of all possible depictions of disabilities - it is intended to be a starting point".

While coming up with the new emoji, the tech giant worked with various disability charities including the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf.

If approved, the emoji are likely to be released early in 2019.

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