Apple proposes 13 emojis for people with disabilities

The proposed emojis depict people who experience blindness or low-vision, deafness or have trouble hearing.

Neighbourhood Technology Desk/Avi Arya: 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. They help 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).

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. Unicode Technical Committee will meet up next month and vote on whether to approve these new emojis. If approved, characters would get shortlisted for Emoji 12.0, which is scheduled for a release on March 2019.


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