New Emoji Representing People With Disabilities Are Coming Soon

A whole bunch of new emoji have been approved by the Unicode Consortium, so you can expect to see new emoji on your favorite messaging apps sometime in 2019.

Emoji 12.0 include a slew of emoji that offer some much-needed representation of people with disabilities, including a mechanical arm and leg; a person who is deaf; hearing aids; a person who is blind; guide and service dogs, and people in both mechanical and manual wheelchairs.

There are also a selection of emoji featuring people holding hands, including same-sex couples and non-gendered people, as well as a bunch of new animals and new food and drink items.

You'll also find new white hearts and new brown hearts, as well as a yawning face, pinching hands, and planets.

According to Unicode, "These images are just samples: vendors for mobile phones, PCs, and web platforms will typically use images that fit their overall emoji designs."

Expect to see the changes in the coming months.