The introduction of dozens of new accessibility-themed emojis has been welcomed by disability rights campaigners. The new characters include hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, white “probing” canes and guide dogs.
They follow a complaint by Apple that few existing emojis spoke to the experiences of those with disabilities.
Their inclusion in 2019’s official list means many smartphones should gain them in the second half of the year.
“Social media is hugely influential and it’s great to see these new disability-inclusive emojis,” said Phil Talbot, from the disability charity Scope. “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.”