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Sign DesignYou may not be aware of this but the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, actually plays a big role in how buildings as well as signage are put together. This law, which was first implemented in July of 1990, covers quite a lot of things, and these include employment, entrances and exits, pathways, and many more. This was made to help give people with disabilities an equal chance at everything people without disabilities have access to, like gainful employment, access to public establishments, and so on.

When you say that this particular law can dictate sign and building design, you are not far from the truth. It does help give people direction in terms of how things should look since there are considerations that need to be made for compliance. For example, when it comes to your building, you will need to have ramps and entrances that can accommodate wheelchairs. This means you will need to incorporate such features into your building design in order for this to be considered compliant.

 

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Door SignsWhen you look at door signs around you, you may notice that most if not all of these carry very specific features that can be seen on each one. No, this is not a coincidence, nor is this a case of monkey-see, monkey-do. What you are seeing is a norm that is dictated by no other than the government.

Door signs are required by law to carry very specific features, and these are to facilitate the use of everyone, including those with disabilities. This law is the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, and this covers everything from pathways, to ramps, to doors, to door signs. This is enacted to allow everyone equal rights when it comes to accessibility, among other things.

 

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ADA SignsDid you know that your signs are subject to not only aesthetic standards but also to government ones as well? These are called ADA requirements, and officially go by the name ADA Standards for Accessible Design. These are called as such due to the fact that these are used to help people gain access to public places no matter what conditions they may or may not have.

You may be wondering why signs are part of these rules when these are not really things you would consider necessary when it comes to accessibility. What is not evident to everyone is that, signs are actually crucial to the accessibility needs of people. These are what tell you where exits and entrances are, where specific offices and buildings can be found, where elevators and ramps are located, and many more. In short, these do have something to do with accessibility, which is why these rules are needed for signs too.

 

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Plastic Engraved SignsIf you are looking for the perfect combination of compliance, aesthetics, and cost-effectiveness in signs, then you should consider plastic engraved signs. These are signs that are made using plastic sheets that are then engraved with the designs that you choose or create. These are also easy to customize to become compliant with ADA rules since these come in many different colors that can meet the contrast percentage required for these signs.

What other ADA rules do signs have to follow and what makes plastic a great material to use to create these features that are needed for compliance? Here are some of the necessary features that ADA signs:

 

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Reserved Parking SignYou’ve seen these parking signs everywhere and you may just take it for granted that these have been around forever. Well, guess what. These signs have not been around for too long, and the mandatory use of these signs on mandatory assigned parking spaces began just a couple of decades ago. The presence of these signs in all parking facilities in the US is due to the creation of the ADA, which is a law that helps promote equality among everyone.

The law is aimed at giving people with disabilities equal rights with everyone, and this is pretty evident with the name of this law – Americans with Disabilities Act. When it comes to the parking signs that are made to show people where parking spots for people with disabilities can be found, you can easily discern these from other spots due to the telltale wheelchair symbol on them. This symbol is called the ISA or International Symbol for Accessibility.

 

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Sign Design

Before ADA compliance became a factor in the creation of signs used everywhere, people would simply design signs that looked the way they liked it to look. There were no considerations for whether or not everyone could understand what was on the signs. The main thought when it came to sign designs in the past was whether or not these looked good and did these fit the image of the company that used them.

Color combinations in the past were based on aesthetics as well, and on what the company wanted these to be. There were no thoughts spared on whether the letters and numbers were legible enough with these resting on the selected color for the background. This usually led to some signs being difficult to read from a distance since the characters seemed to blend into the background of the sign.

 

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ADA Compliant Signs

Customizing signs for your business is a common enough occurrence due to the fact that different companies have different needs. It is also normal for companies to choose to customize their signs according to what fits their company’s profile as well as the company’s design preferences. This however presents sign makers with certain dilemmas since some designs and some color combinations do not fit the requirements set by the government for compliant signage.

What is compliant signage and how does this affect the designs of your custom signs? When you say “compliant signs”, what you are talking about are signs that are made while following guidelines set by the government. These guidelines can be found in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, which lists down not only rules set for signage but also rules for passageways, entrances, exits, and the like.

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ADA Compliant SignsThe 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.

 

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ADA Compliant SignsWhen you are having your signs made for your company, you should be aware of the many rules that actually govern these. Not just rules of aesthetics where you need to make sure that your signs look good and attract attention, but also rules that the government has put in place. These rules can be found in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, and are created for a very good reason – to allow for equality among everyone in terms of accessing public places and understanding the signs that show the way.

In order for your signs to be considered as compliant with these standards set by the government, here are some things to keep in mind:

 

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Custom Business SignsCreating custom signs for business needs requires that you take heed of the rules set by the government from the very time you start thinking of what to design. This is not as easy a task as some people perceive it to be, yet it is not as difficult as it used to be either. Designing signs that are both pleasing to look at and compliant at the same time is doable, as long as you know what can and cannot be done with it.

The easiest thing for you to do would be to depend on other entities to design your signs for you. It is particularly advisable that you rely on a signage designer who knows all about the many rules governing such signs and what are needed for compliance. These sign designers know what kinds of signs need specific features on them and which ones can get away with designs that don’t have such features.

 

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