People are divided over the proposed disability emojis. Is it inspiring or insulting?
Unicode Consortium has revealed in March 2018 that technology company Apple has summited a proposal to have new ‘accessibility emojis’.
Among the possible new emojis are a guide dog, prosthetic limb, as well as different types of wheelchairs.
🆕 📲 New: Apple has submitted a proposal to Unicode for accessibility emojis including people in wheelchairs, service dogs, and prosthetic limbs. If approved, they'll be on phones next year https://t.co/ic87QRkDpj pic.twitter.com/d7NISQR0me
— Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) March 23, 2018
The response to the announcement has been mostly positive with many positive tweets surrounding the announcement.
It has nothing to do, directly, with accessibility. But it has everything to allow them represent themselves in text/instant messages.
It's about inclusivity. It's about awareness.
— Bernard Tyers (@bernardtyers) March 27, 2018
disability emojis fantastic idea love it 🙂
— Fiona Garnett (@Fee_Edgy) April 7, 2018
Canterbury Christ Church University Student, Anna Woodfield, said, “As someone who is disabled I think the emoji are going to be good for people who want to express how they are feeling with regards to disability.
“But Apple need to be careful that people don’t use the emojis to make fun or joke around.”
Parkour coach, Jack Maton, said, “I think they’re pretty cool. It shows that Apple is recognising disabled people as their customers. I’m sure they could have done it in a more meaningful way, but the thought and sentiment are still there.”
However, some people disagree with the potential of disability emojis for reasons such as; it would mock people with disabilities and some people with disabilities don’t want to be reminded about their disability
Yes, because handicapped people are just BEGGING for emojis that highlight their disability to the world.
— Steve Forsyth (@SuperForsyth) April 6, 2018
Why would Apple want to mock people with disabilities?
— Byron Haynie 🎸🇺🇸 (@JohnByron32) March 23, 2018
because we don’t need reminder of it ON OUR PHONES.
— Natalie (@sunchick116) March 25, 2018
The decision to have disability emojis isn’t final. If the proposal is approved, these characters would be shortlisted for potential inclusion in Emoji 12.0 which comes out in the first half of 2019.