March 23, 2018

Apple Proposes New Accessibility Emoji

This is really cool. Apple just proposed an addition to the Unicode Consortium that would include accessibility emoji, representing common disabilities. They worked with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf. From their proposal:

One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability. The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities.

It’s awesome seeing a company like Apple work towards better representation in something so widely used as emoji. I can’t imagine this would be blocked, so hopefully we’ll see these in production in the next year or so.