ADA Compliant Signs

Businesses in the US are mandated by law to comply with the ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 1990, the ADA became a civil rights law that forbids the discrimination against people with disabilities. Through the ADA, a lot of disabled Americans are able to do what they were told they could not do in the past.

One such tool that helps people with disabilities is the ADA sign. ADA compliant signs are essential in public places, both indoors and outdoors. Entryways, parking spaces, bathrooms, and emergency exits are just some of the specific areas where these signs can be placed. Some business owners feel overwhelmed by the many ADA rules they need to follow, but they should not worry about this because there are compliance consultants who can help out.

Compliance consultants, particularly those who specialize in signage, help in creating ADA compliant signs. If you want, you can even have these signs customized without breaking the rules set by the ADA. These can be made in different sizes, shapes, colors and textures, as long as these adhere to ADA rules.

 Some examples of ADA signs that you can actually customize are elevator signs, parking signs, exit signs, bathroom signs, and many more. As much as possible, public places should have these signs to ensure that individuals with disabilities do not experience any difficulty.

To help you get started with compliant signage features, here are some of the general rules:

-          Signs must be easy to read. This does not only apply to the text incorporated. This also includes the Braille system specially provided for the blind.

-          Signs must have non-glare characters and backgrounds. Persons who have visual impairments have problems with reflection and glare. For instance, the elderly may not be able to read the signs very well because of the glare from shiny materials.

-          Signs with visual characters must have a 70% light to dark contrast between the characters and the background. In creating ADA compliant signs, the color is not a major problem. It is however important that the right contrast be used to distinguish each character from its background.

-          The signs’ standards are a product of the American National Standards Institute or ANSI A117.1 Committee. Disability organizations, experts, designers, code officials and the government make up the said committee. Several federal agencies have already adopted these standards, and the Department of Justice has already approved them as well.

-          If a sign is made for advertising purposes, there is no need for the signs to comply. If it identifies facilities and directs exits, it must comply. Signs that would provide convenience for persons with disabilities must be able to adhere by the rules. Breaking the act would imply that you will be penalized.

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