Smiley face or thumbs down for disabled emojis

April 11, 2018

Technological giants, Apple have requested new emojis to represent the disabled community. 

Apple announced to the press that they are “requesting the additional of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.”

Apple has requested thirteen new emojis, but state that these are not meant to represent all disabilities but are to be used as a starting point to further disability inclusiveness.

The proposal includes requests for male and female characters in wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and leg, a guide dog and an ear with a hearing aid.

Whilst there are only thirteen requested emojis, it will enable smartphone users to see beyond the normal stereotypes of disabilities. One requested emoji is a man with a white cane, this will encourage users to understand more about different cane uses rather than the normal stereotype of someone wearing sunglasses.

As a beginning, we are excited to see where these emojis will lead.

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