In a submission to the Unicode Consortium today, Apple has proposed a suite of new “accessibility emojis”. New emojis proposed include a guide dog, hearing aid, prosthetic limbs, as well as people using canes and different types of wheelchairs.
The next Unicode Technical Committee meeting sits next month at Adobe Headquarters in San Jose. If approved, these characters would be shortlisted for potential inclusion in Emoji 12.0 which comes out in the first half of 2019.
Apple submitted this proposal itself and its emoji designers provided the sample images, which is interesting. This year’s emoji line-up is already set, so these would likely appear on your phones in spring 2019 at the earliest, and more likely in the fall of 2019.