A new type of emojis have just been added to the emoji’s roaster that will finally end the under-representation of those who are differently abled. The disabilities emojis, as the name suggests, show image-based characters with various disabilities such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, guardian dogs, sign language and more.
These emojis were approved for use by the Unicode Consortium and were welcomed by the disability rights campaigners. And now they will be available on all platforms which choose to support them.
However, the emojis aren’t final yet, and these are still samples and we should mention that they may vary from platform to platform. These emojis bring a lot of variation and representation about people, things, animals, and expressions in general and they will add more diversity to the set of emojis that are already present on various platforms. They can be used on almost all messaging apps and social platforms.
Along with disability emojis, another gaggle of emojis have been added which shows a wider range of gender, colour and ethnicity characters for diversity. Some emojis also show Indian lifestyle and character representation of life in India which include – Sari, Tuk – Tuk, Diya lamp etc. Also, there is a wider range of mixed-gender and ethnicity couples among which the users can choose from.
Furthermore, a new ‘drop of blood’ icon is being introduced which is a period-themed emoji. This was followed after a campaign by a girls’ rights charity that wanted to introduce the emoji so that people would not be ashamed when periods are being talked about.
There will be 59 newly approved emojis which are expected to be released later in the coming months of 2019. Some of the new emojis include a yawning face, racoons, sloths, waffles, falafels, racoons, a pot with South American drink mate. Few days ago, Apple had introduced four new animal faces in their Animojis which shows that emojis and animojis are new way of expressing how one is feeling.
In 2018, the highly anticipated addition of emojis depicting characters with ginger hair dominated the headlines. And with this ever-increasing number of emojis it is getting easier to communicate with emojis while also having fun.