It is while since I have blogged on this site. Most of my activity has been on Facebook/Twitter and youtube recently. But now and then i like to add some posts here. One of the things that has bought me great pleasure recently is the introduction of emojis for the disabled community.
The introduction of image-based characters such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and guide dogs will help redress the underrepresentation of disabled people on the emoji keyboard, while there will also be a wider range of mixed-gender and ethnicity couples for users to choose from.
Disability rights campaigners welcomed the new accessibility-themed icons. “Love them or hate them – emojis have become part of our everyday digital lives,” said Phil Talbot, the head of communications at disability equality charity Scope. “Social media is hugely influential and it’s great to see these new disability-inclusive emojis. Up to now disability has been greatly underrepresented.”
I have chatted about these emojis with several friends in the disabled world and reactions have generally been positive. For me, personally, the hearing aid emoji is very handy as I have a hearing problem and sometimes wish to express it graphically from my phone. Also I can easily reference wheelchairs and guide dogs from the emoji list which is very cool.
Remember you can always reach me on twitter @disabilitymatch or facebook/disabilitymatch
Have a great day