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Apple proposes a new range of ‘accessibility emoji’ including prosthetic limbs and hearing aids

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In the hopes of better representing a wider range of people, Apple has proposed a suite of new ‘accessibility emojis .’ In a submission to the Unicode Consortium, Apple has initially proposed nine emoji, including a guide dog , hearing aid and prosthetic limbs, as well as people using canes and different types of wheelchairs . In the proposal, which was spotted by Emojipedia , Apple said: “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. “This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all possible depictions of disabilities, but to provide an initial starting point for greater representation for diversity within the emoji universe.” Read More

Amongst the 9 emoji are a guide dog with harness, person with white cane, ear with hearing aid and people in both mechanised and manual wheelchairs
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Apple worked with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf to come up with the nine emoji. Amongst the nine emoji are a guide dog with harness, person with white cane, ear with hearing aid and people in both mechanised and manual wheelchairs. Like Apple’s existing emoji, the submission proposes that for each character there would be male and female options, as well as different skin tones. The Unicode Technical Committee will meet next month, and if they approve the new characters, they could be included in Emoji 12.0 which comes out in the first half of 2019. Read More

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The 9 new emoji 1) Guide dog with harness 2) Man with white cane 3) Deaf sign 4) Ear with hearing aid 5) Person in mechanised wheelchair 6) Person in manual wheelchair 7) Prosthetic arm 8) Prosthetic leg 9) Service dog with vest and leash

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