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Where are all of the disabled emojis? Scope releases icons to celebrate the Paralympics

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Where are all of the disabled emojis? Scope releases icons to celebrate the Paralympics

Nava Silton

Everyone uses emojis, but not everyone is equally represented in them. Recently emojis have become more diverse with the additions of more women as well as the ability to change skin tones. However, there is still a paucity of emojis representing individuals with disabilities, there is currently only one. This is why on July 17th, World Emoji Day, UK based charity Scope launched a set of 18 emojis featuring people with disabilities and Paraolympic sports. The emojis include Paraolympic athletes including gold time medalist swimmer Ellie Simmonds and Britain’s most decorated tennis player of all time Jordanne Whiley. There are also emojis of people in wheelchairs, people who use prosthetics, a guide dog and people signing. 

Check out the emojis and the charity behind it here.