Disability EmojisBy Claudia Knight -
Everyone loves a good emoji, right? From a cheeky tongue out to a slightly eerie Easter Island head, emojis have well and truly made their way into our everyday lives. But, have you ever seen one which represents disability? Disability charity, Scope, have come up with 18 unique emojis depicting disability to celebrate World Emoji Day; no more blue wheelchair user emoji!
Following recent efforts to make emojis more diverse with different skin tones and same sex couples, Scope hope that their new icons will inspire Unicode, the organisation that oversees emojis, to represent disabled people in a more positive way.
With Rio 2016 just around the corner, the charity have also created Paralympic-inspired emojis, including a wheelchair tennis player modelled after one of Britain’s most decorated tennis players of all time, Jordanne Whiley. Four-time gold medallist, Ellie Simmonds has also been depicted in the form of a swimmer figure.
Campaign manager, Rosemary Frazer commented that “To truly represent the world we live in, disabled people should be included in a way that reflects the diversity of our lives.” Scope also hopes that people will use the emojis to support Great Britain’s Paralympic team in this year’s games.
The emojis can be downloaded and saved from Scope’s blog to then be used on social media.
On a desktop computer, you can download the images by right clicking on them and clicking ‘save image as.’ The image can then be shared on social media.