Apple wants to see a host of new emojis introduced, all aimed at better representing people with disabilities in texts and other digital communications.
The technology giant issued a proposal this month calling for 13 emojis showing people using manual and power wheelchairs, service dogs and prosthetics, among other special needs. Many of the icons have male and female versions and Apple is recommending variants for skin tone as well.
“The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities,” Apple said in the proposal. “This new set of emoji that we are proposing aims to provide a wider array of options to represent basic categories for people with disabilities.”
The plan was submitted to the Unicode Consortium, the organization that standardizes emojis. The group is slated to meet next month to consider which icons could be added in 2019 to the catalog of emojis that Apple, Google and other device makers offer.
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