Apple proposes new emojis to represent people with disabilities

Apple proposes new emojis to represent people with disabilities

Apple proposes new emojis to represent people with disabilities

Apple proposed to Unicode Consortium to design emojis that represent people with disabilities. The set of 13 new figures includes a guide dog, a person in a wheelchair, arm and leg prostheses, among others. The company believes that «diversifying the options available helps to fill a significant gap and provides an inclusive experience for all”, informs the text, open for public consultation.

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1 of 9 Some of the new emojis proposed by Apple – Photo: Reproduction / Unicode

Some of the new emojis proposed by Apple – Photo: Reproduction / Unicode

The Unicode Consortium is the body responsible for standardizing all symbols and emojis found in applications and social networks, such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. Thus, it is likely that these new images will not be restricted only to the iPhone’s iOS system and will also reach Android phones.

The Organization’s board will meet to, among other matters, select and decide which images will be part of the new Emoji 12.0 package, to be launched only in 2019, to also meet other requirements. The date for the meeting has not yet been confirmed. Emoji 11.0 is closed and can reach smartphones later this year.

1. Person in a mechanized wheelchair – A person in an electric wheelchair. Features may vary in genres and skin tones.

2 of 9 Person in mechanized wheelchair – Photo: Disclosure

Person in mechanized wheelchair – Photo: Disclosure

2. Person in a manual wheelchair – It will also support various genres and skin tones.

3 of 9 Emojis represent a person in a manual wheelchair – Photo: Disclosure

Emojis represent person in manual wheelchair – Photo: Disclosure

3. Mechanical or Prosthetic Arm and Leg – mechanical or prosthetic version of the ? Biceps flexed emoji and the new leg emoji.

4 of 9 Mechanical or Prosthetic Arm and Leg – Photo: Disclosure

Mechanical or Prosthetic Arm and Leg – Photo: Disclosure

4. Person with white stick – Person with visual impairment is shown with a white stick. It must be coded with support for different genres and skin tones.

5 of 9 Emoji represents visually impaired person using a white stick – Photo: Disclosure

Emoji represents visually impaired person using a white stick – Photo: Disclosure

5. Ear with hearing aid – You will have support for different skin tones.

6 of 9 One of the new emojis proposed by Apple is an ear with hearing aid – Photo: Disclosure

One of the new emojis proposed by Apple is an ear with hearing aid – Photo: Disclosure

6. Deaf sign – The index finger pointing at the cheek represents the «deaf sign» gesture in American sign language.

7 of 9 Emoji «Deaf sign» indicates a person with hearing difficulties – Photo: Disclosure

Emoji «Deaf sign» indicates a person with hearing difficulties – Photo: Disclosure

7. Guide dog with belt – Guide dog shown with a belt, represents people who are blind or have low vision.

8 of 9 Guide dog emoji shown with a belt represents people who are blind or have low vision – Photo: Disclosure

Guide dog emoji shown with a belt represents people who are blind or have low vision – Photo: Disclosure

8. Service dog with vest – Different from the «guide dog with harness» emoji, this is intended for the detection of seizures or other deficiencies.

9 of 9 Service dog with vest is intended to identify seizures – Photo: Disclosure

Service dog with vest is intended to identify seizures – Photo: Disclosure