Although they're easy to make fun of, emoji have quickly become a standard addition to text-based communication. They're something we use every single day when talking to both friends and work colleagues, and in 2018, the world will be graced (or cursed) with even more of them.
March 23, 2018: Apple proposes new emoji to better represent people with disabilities
Apple has submitted a proposal to Unicode for emoji that will "better represent individuals with disabilities."
There may be a whole new set of emoji headed to your phones, tablets, and computers! Apple has submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium for emoji that would "better represent individuals with disabilities."
In its proposal, Apple points out one in seven people has some form of disability and suggests that emoji should better reflect that:
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. … Adding emoji emblematic to users' life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability.
Some of the proposed emoji include the sign language gesture for "deaf," a person in a wheelchair, a prosthetic leg, and a service dog. You can check out the full list of proposed emoji — along with a description of each — over on Emojipedia. The site says if they're approved at the Unicode meeting next month, we could see these emoji as soon as the first half of 2019.
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