A new set of emojis have been included for the various platform that support them, with as may as 72 of them being approved by the Unicode Consortium. These include emojis for physically disabled people, service dogs, different kinds of objects, foods like onion, garlic, waffle, butter and many others.
There were very few emojis before for disabled persons and people from this community could not express it more freely on social media Apps. The addition of these new emojis does seem like a new era in the visual media used by millions of people worldwide pointing out to more kinds of objects and items that were not thought of before.
The type of assistive technology that is used by individuals is very personal and mandated by their own disability need. For someone who cannot self-propel and therefore uses an electric wheelchair, it would not be realistic to only show a manual chair. For those who can use a manual version, it would not be realistic to insinuate that they have less mobility than they do. Therefore, these should be seen as two totally separate forms of assistive device.
There are lots of other useful things added as well. Guide and service dogs; otters and flamingos; some tasty food like waffles and butter (my breakfast can now finally be represented accurately); and some items particularly relevant to Indian users — a sari, diya lamp and tuk-tuk.
Adding support for people of different colors and genders, including non-gendered imagery, has been an ongoing process for the last few years. The latest addition is a pair of non-gendered people holding hands, with the full set of color variations. Expect more along these lines; other proposals have been made but haven’t yet been finalized.