Handicap SignageInstalling signs in and around your establishment often requires that you take a number of rules into consideration. Some of the rules that need to be taken note of include ADA compliance rules. These rules should be followed in order to not only avoid fines and litigation but also to help people with disabilities to easily find their way around your establishment.

ADA signs include signs that are used inside and outside your facility. For inside your facility, handicap signs that you need to install include signs that show people where to go, where they are and what rooms they can enter and use. Some examples of signs that can easily belong to this category include bathroom signs, permanent room signs and informational signs.

Other signs that need to meet ADA standards include signs that are found in assembly areas, parking areas, & areas of rescue and assistance. You can also find signs that are subject to ADA compliance in bathing facilities, entrances and restrooms. Assistive systems like public telephones and listening systems for those with hearing disabilities also need to carry handicap signage that tell people with disabilities where these can be located.

There are many rules governing ADA signs and how these are put together. For signs that people can reach and touch to enable them to read these, tactile letters in sans serif fonts, Braille 2 translations and even mounting height need to be considered. The letters on these signs also need to be made following very specific height and width ratios that are mandated by law.

When it comes to signs that people can see but need not reach or touch to read, a number of rules also govern the construction of these. Some of the rules that need to be followed when it comes to these signs include the 70% contrast ratio, the rule for non-glare background and the letter sizes that depend on the sign’s mounting height. While you can use a wide variety of fonts for these signs, some rules still need to be followed in order for you to be compliant and these include rules for simple serif or sans serif fonts, no fancy scripts and no confusing designs either.

When it comes to parking signs for handicap parking spaces, rules for these are rather easy to remember. Aside from needing to have the internationally recognized symbol for disability, these signs need to be posted at a height that can be easily seen even when the parking space is occupied. These signs also need to be compliant with state and local laws, which means, you may need to ask local authorities about these signs.