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Inclusive New Emoji Include Prosthetic Arms and Legs

February 6th 19__Jon Christian__Filed Under: Enhanced Humans
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New Emoji

The Unicode Consortium, which standardizes how letters and characters appear on your computer screens, just finalized the new roster of emoji that Apple, Google, and other tech vendors will add to your devices — and they offer notably better representation to people with disabilities.

The new emoji — that’s the plural term now — include a prosthetic arm, a prosthetic leg, a guide dog, a person in a wheelchair, and many other inclusive glyphs.

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Apple first proposed the new emoji last year, writing that “adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability.”

In the age of messaging apps, emoji have become a crucial part of how people communicate. That gives the Unicode Consortium enormous power to help more people feel seen and included — and it’s good to see the group using that power for good.

READ MORE: Emoji 12.0 Brings Us Waffles, More Diversity, Suggestive “Finger Pinch” Glyph [Ars Technica]

More on emojis: Facebook Unveils Gesture Generated ‘Virtual Reality Emojis’