DNA cover model, Nyle DiMarco has joined the ranks of high profile tech company Apple in a push to approve 13 new proposed emojis created by the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf, to better represent people with disabilities.
Emojis are submitted to the non-profit Unicode Consortium who approve the graphics for inclusion.
“Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities,” explained Apple. “Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all.”
DiMarco took to social media platform Twitter showing his support with a call to action for ‘retweets’ to ‘get them approved!!!’.
Some of the proposed emoji’s include a closeup of a person’s face making the ASL sign for “deaf”, a blind person walking, an ear with a hearing aid, people in different types of a wheelchair, a seeing-eye dog in a harness and prosthetic limbs.
RETWEET TO GET THEM APPROVED!!! pic.twitter.com/SeQ2Yx8KDG
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) March 23, 2018