When ordering ADA signs for your establishment or business, it is ideal that you know what you need in order for these signs to be compliant. ADA signs have to follow certain standards and regulations for these to be considered in regulation. Most sign manufacturers who can create ADA compliant signs for you already know what needs to be done in order for these to be true to regulations. However, it won’t hurt for you to know a thing or two about the general requirements for these signs.

Some of the things you need to consider when having ADA compliant signs made include the colors, the character usage and size, finish, whether Braille is needed and the fonts to be used, among others. Let us tackle some of these points of consideration one by one.

Character Case Used - Depending usually on the type of sign to be produced, you will notice that sign makers will tell you that your sign can only be in uppercase letters or can use both upper and lower case letters. For example, signs that are used to show people what a room is for may only use upper case letters on them. For signs that can point you in a certain direction, upper and lower case combinations can be used.

Character Height and Size – The characters used for these ADA signs have to be at least 5/8” high, although the character’s size can and should increase according to the mounting height and readability distance of the sign. There are minimum character height requirements for these signs, depending on where these are to be used. For signs that are at eye level, 5/8” is the minimum height while signs posted at higher levels should have characters that measure at least 2” high.

Fonts – Some people might prefer one font over another when it comes to standard signs. ADA compliant signs however, have to follow a particular style of font in order for it to be easy for people with disabilities to read. You still have choices, but this is limited to a few fonts that won’t be confusing for those who may have vision problems. The fonts you can use should not be highly decorative, in italic, in script or oblique. These fonts also have to be sans serif to make them easier to understand and feel with the sense of touch.