Restroom Signage

The main objective of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) is to give everyone equal rights. Whether you are of a different race, age, gender, or are with disabilities, this particular law helps ensure that you are treated the same as any other citizen of the US. This is why there are a lot of stipulations in the ADA that help make things fair for everyone.

One of the things covered by the ADA is signage, and as such, the rules in the ADAAG state that signs need to be crafted in such a way that everyone can easily understand them. Hence, the creation of ADA compliant signage. These are signs that are made in such a way that people with disabilities, as well as those without, can understand what they say easily.

One of the signs that are required to be compliant with the rules set by the ADAAG is restroom signage. Restroom signs need to be easily seen, read and understood by everyone, which is why these are made following the ADA rules that govern permanent room signs. Since restrooms are not likely to change its usage anytime soon (which is what permanent rooms are), the signs that are used on these need to follow all the rules that are set for such signage.

Restroom signs that are compliant with ADA guidelines have copy that is in the right contrast percentage with the sign background (which is supposed to be at 70%) and have tactile letters that are raised by at least 1/32 inches. The fonts used for this copy needs to be in sans serif and should not be in italics, oblique, or highly decorative fonts.

The size of the copy on these tactile signs needs to be between 5/8 inches and 2 inches, depending on the size of the sign itself. Spacing in between these characters should also be regulated, with the minimum distance between letters being 1/8 inch. The words on your sign also need to be translated in Grade II Braille and this translation should be placed directly underneath the words on your sign.

You should also take note that the restroom pictograms that are to be used on these signs need to be in a field that is at least 6 inches high. No other elements should be in this 6 inch field, only the pictogram itself. This pictogram should be placed above the wordings of your restroom signs and should also be easy to read with the fingertips as well, meaning this should also be raised the same height as the tactile letters and Braille on the sign.