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Disability Representation In Emojis

Disability Representation In Emojis

Sometimes it is the smallest things that can make a really big difference. When Apple announced in March that they were submitting 13 disability specific emojis to the Unicode Consortium, the disability community rejoiced.

"Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities," Apple wrote in the proposal. "Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all."

As we often say in the disabled community: it's about (damn) time!

Introducing a set of emojis representing disability may seem like a very inconsequential gesture of inclusion. But having symbols that acknowledge your existence too, is a big deal.