Custom Braille Signs

When customizing Braille signs, the first thing you will need to ask yourself is, how customized are you allowed to go with these signs? Custom Braille signs are essentially signage that need to comply with ADA rules, and as such, are governed by the same guidelines as most ADA signs. In short, for your custom Braille signage to be compliant while still having that look you want, you will need to conform to the rules that are set in the ADAAG for ADA signs that need to have Braille on them.

Braille signs are usually required when a permanent room needs to be marked or identified. This kind of a sign will need to have not only Braille translations on them but also tactile letters that can be easily read with the use of a person’s fingertips. These signs also need to have these tactile letters crafted in fonts that are sans serif to enable people with visual impairments to easily read the words on these signs with their fingertips.

While Braille is put on these signs to help people with vision impairments to read what the sign says, these signs are put up not only for their benefit. These signs have to serve everyone who sees them, which is why other elements like the right color contrasts, the proper non-glare finish and the correct character sizing is also needed on these signs. These are but a few of the rules that cover ADA compliant signs, which is what Braille signs are supposed to be.

Also worth noting when customizing Braille signs is the use of pictograms on them whenever necessary. Generally, bathroom signs and accessibility signs carry universally recognizable pictograms on them to make people easily understand what the sign is for even before they get to read the text or Braille on them. These particular pictograms need to be in a field that is at least 6 inches high and should not have any other elements within such a field to make these easier to distinguish with the fingers or with the eyes.

The customization of Braille signs is to give customers the chance to coordinate these signs with the other design components of their establishment. This does not mean however that they can go crazy with their customization. They will need to follow the dictates of the ADA guidelines in order to properly customize these signs to fit their design needs while still remaining compliant.