Apple Might Finally Release Emojis For People With Disabilities

To better represent all people...

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

25 March 2018

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

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Apple has made some big changes to try and be inclusive with their set of emojis and now they’re proposing to take another leap in the field. 

The company has recently submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium to have a set of 13 emojis, to represent people with varying disabilities. 

Their submission stated, “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.” 

While their proposal does not speak to all possible types of disabilities, the company believe that this is “a starting point for greater representation in the emoji universe.”

The emojis that have been proposed thus far include those for:

  • Blind and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Physical Motor
  • Hidden disabilities

If Apple’s proposal is approved, the new iOS update with include emojis like the ones pictured below, which have been designed by Apple collaborating with the National Association of the Deaf, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the American Council of the Blind.


It’s about time!

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