Handicap SignageWhen you are faced with the term “handicap signage”, it is but natural for you to assume that these are signs that you see marking parking spots reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles carrying people with disabilities. While this is essentially true, handicap signs actually do more than just keep special parking spots free for such vehicles. These actually mark more than just parking areas, and are used for a few other things.

To help you understand this particular ADA compliant sign a bit more, here are a few things you might find interesting about these signs:

  1. Handicap signs are easy to recognize because of the wheelchair symbol – this symbol, which is also called the ISA or international symbol of access, has been around for decades. It is an ISO 7001 symbol, and is copyrighted by the ICTA (International Commission on Technology and Accessibility).  The symbol is that of a stick figure on a wheelchair, and is often found in a blue and white color combination.
  2. Handicap signage uses go beyond reserving parking spots – as mentioned earlier, handicap signs do more than just keep handicap spots open for those who need them. These are also used on lavatory cubicles that have features ideal for those who are in wheelchairs, on elevators that are big enough to accommodate wheelchairs, and nearby ramps that can be used to access elevated areas.
  3. The modified version of the symbol depicts a wheelchair-bound person in action – this symbol came about when it was argued that the original pictogram depicts people in wheelchairs as helpless and immobile individuals. The new image is aiming to show others that even while people are in wheelchairs, they can still be active and do a lot of physically challenging activities, as is depicted by the “active” symbol.
  4. These symbols can actually come in other colors, and not just in blue and white – while this is the universally accepted guise of this symbol, these signs can actually come in other colors, depending on the preference of the company or establishment using the symbol, and as long as it is in the prescribed color contrast guidelines of the ADA.
  5. This is just one of many ADA compliant signs that you will see establishments use – while the handicap sign is indeed one of the easiest to recognize ADA compliant signs around, it is not the only one that has to conform to the rules set by the governments for signs. In fact, majority of the signs that you find being used indoors, and a few others that are used outdoors, are subject to the rules and regulations that the government has set to make these easy to read and understand by everyone.

These are just a few of the things that you need to remember when it comes to these signs. To find out more about handicap signage, and the other signs that belong under the ADA compliant signage umbrella, feel free to check out more of our articles on ADA signs, or contact us to find out more about these and other signs that we have on this site.

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