Apple Proposes New Accessibility Emoji

On Friday Emojipedia received a proposal from Apple to add 13 new Emoji focused around accessibility.

Some of the new emojis include a seeing eye dog, a service dog, the sign for “deaf,” both a mechanized and manual wheelchair, hearing aid, and a prosthetic arm and leg. Apple collaborated with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf to create the emojis.

“Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability,” says the proposal to the Unicode Consortium — the gatekeeper for new emojis. “Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one’s own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one.”

Before any new emoji can be released to the public, the proposal has to be accepted by the Unicode Consortium. The process is not as easy as you would think. Fortune outlined the steps that an emoji must go through in order to be used on everyone’s devices. Proposals for new emoji must make a strong case as to why they should be approved. In Apple’s proposal, for example, they state that “One in seven people around the world has some form of disability.” Which is more than enough reason to include a set such as these into the emoji realm.

If you would like to view the entire proposal and full list of emoji you can do so here.

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