Apple proposed new emojis today that would represent better hearing aids, guides and people with disabilities, in a presentation to the Unicode Consortium, as observed by Emojipedia.
Apple wrote in its presentation, "Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent people with disabilities." Currently, emoji offer a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of people with disabilities.
The new emoji package includes a hearing aid, people who use canes or wheelchairs, a guide dog and prosthetic limbs. 13 new emoji are suggested in total, with 45 if you count the skin tone options. Apple says that emojis are just a starting point, implying that there could be more accessibility emojis to come.
The meeting of the Unicode Technical Committee, where members will deliberate on these emoji, is scheduled for next month. If these emoji are approved, they will be included in a list of candidates for Emoji 12.0, which will be released during the first half of 2019. Meanwhile, the list of emojis for 2018 was completed and will reach the main mobile platforms during the second half of this year.