An electric wheelchair is just one of the new emojis that have joined the roster this year that represent people with different abilities.
There are more than 50 emojis in the new batch, and different color combinations with some of them bring the total up to more than 250.
Along with the wheelchair emojis, there are also emojis that show a guide dog and a service dog. There is a person using a white guide cane used by the visually impaired, and both a deaf person emoji signing “deaf” and a hearing aid.
There are also mechanical prosthetics among the new emojis.
The emojis depicting disabilities were developed in conjunction with organizations like the American Council of the Blind, Cerebral Palsy Foundation and National Association of the Deaf.
Forbes reports that the mobility emojis were suggested by Apple, which asked for the “addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.”
“We believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs,” Apple said in a statement.
“Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability. Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one’s own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one.”
This is the sixth major update to the official roster of emojis, Forbes said.
Other new emojis include a yawning face, animals including a sloth, an otter, a skunk and a flamingo, garlic, falafel, a waffle, a yo-yo, an axe and a Hindu temple.