In a shift toward better inclusion, the new set of emoji characters this 2019 addresses individuals with physical disabilities like those who are in lightweight travel wheelchair. The launch of dozens of new emojis that are accessibility-themed has been cheerfully acknowledged by supporters of disability rights. The new emoji characters consist of hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, white “probing” canes, guide dogs, and wheelchairs.
Clearly, the Unicode Consortium followed the proposal of Apple last year to epitomize persons with disabilities better. Moreover, inclusivity or inclusiveness is much better with regards to the kinds of relationships and skin tones, also the set of new variations of emoji characters elaborate the combinations of races and genders through the emoji of “people holding hands”. The inclusion of the new emoji in the official list this 2019 indicates that many smartphones would have them in the 3rd or 4th quarter of the year.
Phil Talbot stated that “Social media is hugely influential and it’s great to see these new disability-inclusive emojis… Up to now, disability has been greatly underrepresented… We’d also like to see greater representation of disabled people and disability across all parts of the media and social media.” Phil Talbot is the Head of Communications at disability charity Scope.
The featured new emojis has an overall count of 230. It is maintained by a group of people who are based in California consisting of software developers, representatives of computing companies, and others, who make certain that end-users of various devices and apps are able to send and exchange emojis to each other.
The different platform proprietors which includes Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Samsung can modify the designs of Unicode to their own preference but are expected to make sure that each emoji character remains to be identifiable and recognizable from one platform to another.
The recently approved and acknowledged art incorporates people of diverse ethnicity utilizing disability aids in addition to highlighting separate products. Furthermore, men and women are depicted to be moving a finger between their ear and mouth, which is utilized as a deaf sign in the American Sign Language.
The emoji characters were presented in March 2018 by Apple after consulting the organizations such as the American Council of the Blind and the National Association of the Deaf.