Handicap Signage

These signs can be seen everywhere – from parking lots to ramps to elevators to restrooms. Handicap signage is easy enough to recognize due to the universally recognizable symbol of the person in a wheelchair pictogram. This symbol is used on signs and in areas that people in wheelchairs can use for easy access.

How exactly do handicap signs help people in wheelchairs? Why are signs carrying this symbol these placed in areas like parking lots, ramps and restroom cubicles? Here are some of the ways these signs help people with disabilities.

-      Reserved Parking Spaces – the international symbol of accessibility (ISA) is often painted on the parking spot reserved for vehicles that are either driven by people with disabilities or carry people with disabilities in them. These are usually wider than most parking spaces to accommodate vans that are often used by people who have loved ones in wheelchairs.

Aside from having this symbol painted onto the concrete itself, this symbol is also on a sign that is mounted on a post at the head of the same parking spot. This is to show people where reserved parking spots for people with disabilities can be found. These are usually located nearer buildings to make it easier for these individuals to reach their destination with ease.

-      Accessibility options – ramps and elevators that can accommodate wheelchairs also carry information signs that have this telltale symbol. These ramps can be found inside and outside buildings, on curbs (curbside ramps) near parking spots reserved for people with disabilities and in areas where it is required by the law to be built into. These signs tell people in wheelchairs where they can find such accessibility options so they can easily get to where they are going.

-      Bathrooms with cubicles that can accommodate wheelchairs – not all restrooms in all establishments have restroom cubicles big enough to accommodate wheelchairs in them, which is why bathrooms that do have such cubicles in them have these accessibility signs on them. The cubicle that can accommodate the added width of the wheelchair also carries this same symbol on its door so that those who need it will know which bathroom door they can use.

-      Entrance areas – these signs are also used to show people in wheelchairs where they can find entrances that can accommodate them. Some buildings have rotating doors that cannot be used by people in wheelchairs. Since the ADA mandates that everyone be given equal opportunity to access public accommodations such as office buildings, schools and the like, alternative entrances need to be provided for and should be marked accordingly with signs that show people where these can be found.