Apple has called on Unicode Consortium — the non-profit that governs the global standard for emojis — to add 13 new emojis, including a service dog, a wheelchair, and prosthetic limbs for the differently-abled. “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,” Apple wrote in the proposal.
“Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all,” the Cupertino-headquartered tech giant added. To help advance the project, Apple has consulted organisations for differently-abled, such as the American Council of the Blind, Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and National Association of the Deaf. As a first step, the emojis must first be adopted by Unicode Consortium. Subsequently, after Unicode puts in place its guidelines, software makers such as Apple and Google design versions for their respective platforms, a reason why emojis look different on Android and iOS platforms.