In today’s time, emojis play an important role in texting as they are used to express the deepest feelings. Emoticons are changing the way we communicate; they’ve made it easier, shorter and in some cases, more to-the-point. Smartphones pay special attention to personalized emojis. Recently, tech giant Apple proposed a series of “accessibility” emojis to better represent individuals with disabilities.

The tech firm has submitted proposals for 13 emojis depicting wheelchair users, bionic arms, guide dogs, hearing aids and walking sticks. The proposal has been met with enthusiasm and excitement on social media, with many calling it a “long overdue” move.

Apple’s proposal reads: “Apple is requesting 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.” The necessity for these emojis stems from the fact that: “One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability.”

However, Apple also made sure to point out that the new emojis would not cover all possible depictions of disabilities, but that they would be “an initial starting point.”

The tech company focused on four main categories: blind and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, physical motor, and hidden disabilities while creating new emoji designs. According to the proposal, the company collaborated with organisations, including the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf.