New Emoji Include People With Disabilities

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As for animals, the new emojis include a flamingo, a sloth, a skunk, an otter and an orangutan.

The non-profit organisation today announced the introduction of the new emojis, including the worldwide hand gesture for a small member.

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The new "blood drop emoji" will launch this month.

Included among this release are emoji for hearing aids, manual and motorized wheelchairs, prosthetic legs and arms, white "probing" canes used by the blind and vision impaired, service dogs, and guide dogs. While these are only applicable to images, one new option of "Show in chat" will be available for all images, audio and video files.

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Numerous new icons are tied together by the theme of inclusivity, introducing emojis for deaf people, blind people, people in wheelchairs, and those with prosthetic limbs.

Numerous new emoji have to do with with accessibility and mobility. This follows complaints by Apple that very few emojis spoke to the experience of people with disabilities. "The new emoji typically start showing up on mobile phones in September/October - some platforms may release them earlier", the California-based Unicode Consortium announced on Wednesday. Cue an all-emoji recreation of the final scene from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. One other significant addition is newfound flexibility for the emoji of two people holding hands, which can now utilize varying skin tone and gender combinations. The list of new emojis is more inclusive of individuals with disabilities, which is something Apple actually pushed for early past year.

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Another new emoji, a drop of blood, follows a campaign by Plan International for an emoji depicting menstruation.

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