Apple on Friday proposed a batch of new accessibility characters, including two different service dogs, according to Emojipedia. Angela Moscaritolo
March 23, 2018
New accessibility emoji could be headed to mobile devices next year.
Apple on Friday proposed a batch of at least nine new accessibility characters, according to Emojipedia. The lot includes two different service dogs, a person with a cane, an ear with a hearing aid, a person in an electric wheelchair, a person in a manual wheelchair, a prosthetic arm, and a prosthetic leg. Another newly proposed emoji has with an index finger on the cheek to represent the American Sign Language gesture for “deaf.”
“Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities,” the company reportedly wrote in its proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit responsible for approving new emojis. “Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.”
As for the two service dogs, one wears a harness and is meant for people who are blind or have low vision while the other wears a vest and leash and is meant to for people who have seizures and other “hidden disabilities,” Apple reportedly wrote in the proposal.
Don’t expect to see these new emoji on your mobile device any time soon, however. Emojipedia noted that this year’s emoji list has already been set, and those new characters are slated to reach iOS and Android in the second half of the year. If the new accessibility emoji Apple proposed today are approved, they should arrive as part of Emoji 12.0 in the first half of 2019.