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      Kevin Schaefer


      This past weekend, Apple submitted a proposal to add a new series of emojis that focus on depicting people with disabilities. These emojis include people using service dogs, hearing aids, canes and different types of wheelchairs.

      In this proposal, Apple said, “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. At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs. Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability.”

      Response to this initiative has been widely positive on social media, with hashtags like #disability and #inclusion being used. Some have also responded by suggesting other emojis to represent people with all kinds of disabilities. The American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf were among the organizations to work with Apple in developing this initial series of emojis.

      There is no confirmation yet as to when these emojis will be approved, but already it’s become a point of discussion within various disability communities. You can read more about Apple’s new emojis in USA Today.

      What do you think about Apple’s new emojis?

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