Why I’m all “emoji” about it and why you should be too!
By Greg Smith
I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered with iDiversicons, the world’s first diverse emoji keyboard, to introduce new “Disability Pride Emoji” in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. iDiversicons is adding 14 disability emoji to it’s existing line of diverse images that offer a new seamless iPhone and iPad keyboard.
The cost of the app is $1.99. If these 14 emoji demonstrate a market demand, hundreds of other disability figures will be created and added to the upgrades, covering the full range of disability diversity. If your disability isn’t represented yet, fear not, and purchase the ap anyway to show your support.
Why does this matter?
Disability Pride Emoji give people with disabilities the opportunity express ourselves as we celebrate our civil rights. The concept of disability today refers to a lifestyle, shared by millions of people who are fully engaged in community life. And that includes on-line and wireless community life! If everybody else is expressing themselves with emoji that look like them, so should people with disabilities!
For too long, we’ve been left out of the mainstream mirror of society. We never see the “fan cam” on the wheelchair section at ballgames. We never see stars with disabilities saving the day, in slow-motion, rolling away from the explosion in the background. But thanks to iDiversicons, we are on the cutting edge of a growing trend.
iDiversicons is the brainchild of Katrina Parrott, a former NASA employee who got the idea from her daughter Katy, who expressed a desire to send her friends emoji that looked like her. So iDiversicons’ emoji encompass various races, biracial and gender equality, religion, animals, holidays, sports, mascots, fraternities, sororities and now, disabilities. As a pioneer for diversity and inclusion, iDiversicons’ revolutionary new iPhone and iPad keyboard features truly diverse emoji, satisfying a void that current emoji lack and what the public has been asking for: “more faces of color and diversity.” There are over 900 iDiversicons to choose from, including an unmatched five different skin tones.
Emoji are on the rise!
Emoji are rising fast in popularity. Here’s a graphic that represents their usage since the were introduced on Apple’s iOS in 2011.
The iDiversicons’ keyboard is fluid, seamless and very easy to use. All diverse emoji are contained in the keyboard like a font. Emoji can instantly be made larger for easier viewing and selection purposes. There is no limitation in the number of iDiversicons you can select and send at one time. This first batch of Disability Pride Emoji is just the beginning of what will become hundreds of images when the funding becomes available.
We’re interested in your ideas for images too. Download the latest version of iDiversicons as a vote for inclusion of people with disabilities in a rising form of expression.
- To order from the iTunes store, go to http://bitly.com/DisEmoji
- To order the GoogleAps version, go to http://bitly.com/DisEmojiGoogle
What additional emoji would you like to see added? Post in the comments section below and we will make it happen in the next version!
Hear my interview with iDiversicons.com founder Katrina Parrott on “Timeout with the Strength Coach,” my weekly podcast.