When you are required by law to use ADA signs in and around your establishment, it is best for you to know exactly what signs you need and where these signs should go. You should also know what guidelines to follow when having these signs crafted. To make sure that you do get ADA compliant signs for your needs, it is ideal that you have these made by people who know exactly what rules to follow.

The different kinds of ADA compliant signs you might be asked to procure include informational signs (such as emergency response and first aid information signs), and directional signs (signs with arrows that point where certain offices, departments and rooms are located). You may also be asked to put up ADA compliant signs for restrooms and telephone booths (overhead signs or door signs) and room identifying signs (numbers, room designations and departments). Van accessible parking signs, signs that designate reserved parking for the disabled, and ramp accessible signs may also part of the list of signs you need to acquire.

All of these different types of ADA signs are designed to follow rules that the government has mandated. These rules are in place to help people with disabilities easily understand what these signs are telling them and to help them find their way. For example, for a sign to be easily understood by someone who is visually impaired, Braille and tactile letters are a must. Contrasting colors are also needed by those who may be color blind or have other visual impairments.

Fonts have to be easy to feel and can be read by everyone, and the words on these signs should be of a particular height and size. Letter spacing for the words on these signs should also follow strict guidelines as well. When it comes to pictograms, a minimum of 6 inches is mandated for the sign’s background however, the pictogram itself can be any size as long as it is highly visible.

Indoor and outdoor signs can be made using a variety of materials. Outdoor signs are usually made with weather resistant materials like aluminum, and indoor signs are often made using acrylic or plastic. Choosing the right sign for your many ADA compliance needs can be very tricky, if you are not familiar with these rules and if you do not know which signs are needed by your establishment.