The Americans with Disabilities Act is a law that helps give equal opportunities to everyone, particularly to help those with disabilities avoid discrimination. This is why you can see buildings now with ramps for wheelchairs, doors big enough to accommodate these same wheelchairs, and other features that make it easy for people with disability to gain access to public places. This law ensures that everyone is given the same chance at everything, including access.
What does this law have to do with your company’s signage? Well, as it turns out, your signs need to be readable and understandable by everyone, including those who have visual impairments. So, your signs need to carry features that make these readable, and this is how the ADA affects your sign designs.
The features that your signs need to have in order for these to be deemed compliant by government standards include the fonts that are used to create the words on these signs, the size of the characters in relation to the signage size, and even the colors used on these signs. You also need to add braille translations to some of these signs as well as tactile features that help make these readable with the use of the fingertips.
Why is it important that your signs follow guidelines that are set by the ADA for these? For starters, since the law does require that publicly accessible establishments to be compliant, and your signs are listed in the rules as needing to have specific features for compliance, not following such rules will mean that you are breaking the law. This brings with it specific repercussions that can include fines, penalties, and of course, the need to create signs that are compliant to replace these non-compliant ones.
The ADA will dictate how your signs should generally look, where these are supposed to be mounted, and what signs need to have more features than others. Of course, not all signage need to have ADA features on them, but majority of these do, with a few having more ADA specific features than others. In order for you to ensure that you are not in violation of this law, you will have to ask a signage expert for help regarding which signs need to carry which features. Another option that you have is to have all your signs made with these compliance features in order for you to be sure that you are indeed following the dictates of the act.