Apple Proposes “Accessibility Emoji”Apple worked with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf to develop the images

Tech giant Apple has submitted a new category of 13 emoji — ranging from hearing aids and service dogs to people in various types of wheelchairs — for approval by the Unicode Consortium. If the new images get approved by Unicode’s Technical Committee next month, they’ll be shortlisted for Emoji 12.0, which is scheduled for release in March 2019. Apple stresses the initial suite of images are meant as a starting point.

“One in seven people around the world has some form of disability,” Apple said in its proposal. “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.”

Read more about the new emoji set here.

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