Love them or hate them, emojis are growing from strength to strength.
There are currently 2,623 official unicode emojis and they are incredibly well-used.
The average number of emojis sent on Facebook each day is 60 million.
Whilst the average number sent on Facebook Messenger each day is a mind-boggling five billion!
New disability emojis
It was recently announced that a new range of new accessibility-themed emojis will be available on smartphones in the second half of 2019.
The news follows a request last year by Apple to Unicode – the organisation responsible for creating official emojis – to better represents people with disabilities and disability in emojis.
Amongst the new emojis are wheelchairs, hearing aids, guide dogs and prosthetic limbs.
Many people with disabilities can feel ignored and excluded from certain areas of life.
However, it’s vital that people with disabilities are equally and fairly represented in society to give them a voice.
It’s also important to help people better understand disabilities and learn about the reality of what it is like to have a disability.
Greater digital inclusion
These new emojis give people with disabilities the opportunity to change how they are represented in society through increased digital inclusion.
They can literally represent themselves and their disabilities with graphics when the new emojis arrive.
This is great news for inclusion as it means that everyone can be represented through the images contained in emojis.
It’s also a great help in normalising disabilities and helping people understand just how common they are – around one in five people in the UK have a disability.
We love the fact that Unicode has created these new disability emojis and can’t wait to start using them later this year.
If you need help to reach more people and make your communications accessible and inclusive contact us now.