The Unicode Consortium is at it again. If that sounds ominous—it isn’t. This consortium doesn’t create nefarious plans. Instead, it reviews and selects new emojis. And this time, the Unicode Consortium’s picks include everything from awesomely inclusive emojis depicting people with differing abilities to waffles and falafel.

So what do we know about the new emojis? To start, in the people-related categories (such as body-parts, person-gesture and person-activity), you’ll find a mechanical arm, mechanical leg, ear with a hearing aid, deaf person, woman in motorized wheelchair, man in motorized wheelchair, woman in manual wheelchair, man in manual wheelchair, woman with a probing cane and man with a probing cane.

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Of course, that’s not all. Along with these proposed emojis, new potential picks also include non-gender specified people holding hands. And there are the new animals—service dog, guide dog, sloth (and yes, it’s just as adorable as you’d imagine), otter (again, adorable), orangutan (yep, adorable, too) and skunk (um, adorably smell-free).

Other new options may include food emojis such as waffles, falafel, butter and oysters. You know, just in case you want to ask your mama friends to go out for a night filled with buttery oysters or falafel-smothered waffles!

When will these new emojis pop up on your phone? After approval, code updates and art updates, you’ll start seeing these new little texting options.

—Erica Loop

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