The introduction of dozens of new accessibility-themed emojis has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MP.

The new characters include hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, white “probing” canes and guide dogs. The news of their introduction has been welcomed by disability rights campaigners, the charity Scope.

They follow a complaint by Apple that few existing emojis spoke to the experiences of those with disabilities.

Their inclusion in 2019’s official list means many smartphones should gain them in the second half of the year.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Its great to see the introduction of dozens of new accessibility-themed emojis on smartphones from later this year. The new emojis will help to ensure that disability is better represented online and in social media.

“They share a similar message to the wonderful Grace’s Sign campaign, initiated by Grace Warnock from Prestonpans – have a heart and promote visible and invisible disability rights.”