👨‍🦯 and 👩‍🦯

or man with probing cane emoji or woman with probing cane emoji

[man with prohb-ing keyn ih-moh-jee]

What doesย ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฏ and๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฏ mean?

The man with probing cane emoji ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฏ, along with the woman with probing cane emoji ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฏ, portrays a person using a probing cane for orientation and mobility.


The emoji represents people who are blind or visually impaired.

Examples of 👨‍🦯 and 👩‍🦯


Examples of 👨‍🦯 and 👩‍🦯
โœ… Approved in #emoji12: Man With Probing Cane
@emojipedia, February, 2019
Unicode version 12.0 adds dozens of new emoji to the pictures you can choose from when sending text messages or chatting on your device ranging from waffles to a sloth. Also included in this round are a variety of new emojis to represent the disability community, including a guide dog and service dog (yes, they make a distinction), and a man and woman holding a cane, oddly referred to as a probing cane.
J.J. Meddaugh, Blind Bargains, February, 2019
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Where does 👨‍🦯 and 👩‍🦯 come from?

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In 2019, Unicode approved, under Emoji 12.0, a host of accessibility-based emoji to represent people with and aspects of various disabilities, such as guide dogs, hearing aids, and people who are deaf, use wheelchairs, or are blind or vision-impaired.


These additions included probing cane, ๐Ÿฆฏ.ย When the probing cane emoji is paired with the man emoji,ย ๐Ÿ‘จ, or woman emoji,ย ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€, it becomesย woman with probing cane emoji,ย ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฏ, or man with probing cane emoji, ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฏ.

As with many human-based emoji, these emoji display with a default yellow skin and hair, but skin-tone modifiers are available.


People who are blind or visually impaired have long used various staffs and canes for orientation and mobility, though the white cane became standard after World War I. It has since become a widely used assistive technology, and commonly recognized that a person using one is blind or has trouble seeing.

On unsupported platforms, the probing caneย emoji will display as a blank box, and man (or woman) with probing cane and will display as man (or woman) emoji followed by that blank box. On supported platforms, the emoji will display as a single emoji.

Who uses 👨‍🦯 and 👩‍🦯?

The accessibility emoji added in 2019 were widely hailed for their inclusivity. As major vendors implement these new emoji throughout 2019, expect man (and woman) with probing cane to be variously used to represent, as its design intends, people who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise need an assistive technology like a cane.

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