Braille Dots - Custom Braille Signs

Establishments that the public can access are required to carry signs that have ADA features on them. Depending on where these signs are located and used, certain features such as tactile characters and braille translations need to be on these. In order for you to create the right signs for your business, you might do well to consult with either a sign designer who has in-depth knowledge about these signs, or with a compliance expert who knows all about ADA signage and other ADA rules that you need to follow. You can also choose to design these signs yourself, as long as you are armed with the correct information regarding the features that need to go on these customized signs.

Whatever the case may be, one of the things you can do is to research about such signs. Custom braille signs, for instance, may be rather difficult for you to easily design if you do not know what, where, and how these should go onto these signs. To give you a clue, here are some frequently asked questions about these ADA signs and some answers that may prove useful to your sign design ideas:

What type of Braille should be used on my signs? – There are actually three types of braille that is being used by people with visual impairments. Grade 1 braille is the most basic type, which consists of sets of dots that represent a single letter, punctuation mark, or number. This is the first type of braille visually impaired individuals learn about. This is not what is used on signs. Grade 3 braille is the most complex of all three types, and is rarely used save for when a person needs to take down quick notes (like what a stenographer does). This is also not what is used for signs. Grade 2 Braille is what you need for ADA signage, and this is because this is what most people use and is a space-saving kind of Braille that uses the dots in words and abbreviations.

Where should my Braille translations be placed on the sign? – As per ADA rules, Braille translations should go underneath the text or pictogram part of the sign. If your sign only has a pictogram on it (as is sometimes the case when bathroom signs are customized), then you need to place the Braille translation of the pictogram directly underneath it. The same goes for alphanumeric characters. The reason why these translations should go under these characters is for those with visual impairments to easily find them.

What will happen if I do not put these tactile features on my customized signs? – If the signs you are making do not need to comply with ADA rules, you have nothing to worry about. If your sign needs to be compliant with ADA standards, then you have something to worry about. Failure to comply with these rules may open you up to more than just penalties and fines. You might find yourself being sued by someone who says that they are being discriminated against since your establishment does not have these ADA compliant signs. Apart from this, you may also find yourself spending more than you planned since you will also need to replace your signs with compliant ones when this happens.

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