A new group of emojis which show people with disabilities may be coming to your keyboard soon after Apple proposed 13 new emojis to include more expressions for people with disabilities.
Apple submitted its proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the organisation which reviews requests for new emoji characters.
In its submission Apple said:
"Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.
Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all."
The 13 new emojis include:
- A guide dog
- A man and woman walking with a cane
- A man and woman signing that they are deaf
- An ear with a hearing aid
- A man and woman in both mechanical and manual wheelchairs
- A service dog (a trained dog that helps those with hidden disabilities)
- A prosthetic arm
- A prosthetic leg
"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."