Apple has suggested to the Unicode Consortium that it add a new batch of accessibility emoji that depict characters with disabilities. In its letter to the Consortium, Apple said, “Apple is requesting the addition 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.” Some of the suggested emoji include a guide dog, person with cane, person in wheelchair, prosthetic limbs, the sign for deafness, and others. Apple said these were only examples and not meant to be a fully representative list or potential additions. The Unicode Consortium is the body that approves emoji. It’s possible these characters might be included in Unicode 12.0, which won’t be fully approved until the first half of 2019.
The Unicode Consortium this week announced Unicode 10, which includes 56 new emoji characters and four new scripts. Some of the new emoji include facial expressions (raised eyebrow, hand-over-mouth), more men and women (bearded man, woman in head garb), hand symbols, food (dumpling, fortune cookie), clothing items, animals (dinosaurs, bugs), vehicles (flying saucer, sled), and a curling stone.
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