Braille Signs

In the early 90’s, the use of ADA signs was mandated to help give people with disabilities the same rights as those without disabilities. These signs came with rules that covered many elements such as sign size, font usage and many more. These guidelines needed to be followed in order for signs to be considered compliant. The use of Braille on these signs even had these called Braille signs at times.

One of the rules that some people found to be somewhat confusing was the rule that covered color combinations and contrasts. The first thought was that the only color combinations allowable for signs to be ADA compliant were black and white, or blue and white. What these people did not realize then (and even now) was that as long as there is a 70% contrast between the background and the copy, almost any color combination would work.

Of course, the colors that you will need to utilize have to be in colors that are non-glaring, not too bright and in a finish that is not reflective. These colors have to be in either a matte finish or eggshell finish. This is to make these easy to see and distinguish without having to worry about lights reflecting and bouncing off of these signs.

Another consideration that comes into play when it comes to customized Braille signs is the size of the characters being used on them. These need to be a specific size that is relative to the mounting height of the sign, the size of the sign and the reading distance of the sign. All of these need to be considered in order for the sign to be readable without any issues or problems.

Braille translations on these signs also come with considerations as do the pictograms being used on them. For Braille, the kind to be used on ADA signs need to be grade 2 Braille which is the contracted form and not grade 1 Braille which is the letter form of these tactile characters. Aside from the need for contracted Braille to be used on these signs, you also need to follow proper placement of these translations and the right spacing of the dots on the sign to make these easy to read and understand.

There are many rules governing custom Braille signs and ADA signs. For you to be able to get the right signage for your many needs, you should be able to know whether or not the sign you have is indeed totally compliant with these rules.