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Apple has proposed new emojis to represent people with disabilities

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Proposed accessibility emojis. Images via Apple

A new suite of emojis that represent individuals with disabilities may be coming to your keyboard soon. Apple has consulted with organizations such as American Council of the Blind, Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and National Association for the Deaf, to propose 13 emojis to the Unicode Consortium, who is responsible for all the letters and characters in our smartphone keyboards.

Why it matters: The Unicode Consortium's Emoji subcommittee favors emojis that it believes are universal and will be popular, something Apple emphasizes in the proposal by pointing out that "one in seven people around the world has some form of disability." Apple itself has also long made efforts to make its products as widely accessible as possible.