Apple has just proposed 13 new accessibility emojis to the Unicode Consortium.
Apple discussed more about the emojis in the proposal:
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. Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one’s own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one.
This new set of emoji that we are proposing aims to provide a wider array of options to represent basic categories for people with disabilities. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all possible depictions of disabilities, but to provide an initial starting point for greater representation for diversity within the emoji universe.
Some of the new emoji Apple is proposing include Service Dog With Vest and Leash, Person in Manual Wheelchair, Ear With Hearing Aid, and more.
If approved, the new emoji could arrive in iOS devices sometime in 2019 with Emoji 12.0.