ADA Guidelines to Remember

Whether you like it or not, ADA guidelines need to be followed for your signs. This is because of the fact that this is a law that has penalties and fines attached to it, should you find yourself not following its rules. There is also a reason why these signs need to be made just so, and that is because of the aim of this law, which is to provide equality to everyone in many forms, with signs being just one of the areas being covered.

In order for you to effectively incorporate the many features needed to make your signs ADA compliant, here are some tips that may prove handy:

Study up on ADA rules regarding these signs – for you to be able to come up with signs that are compliant with the law, you will need to know what rules are. You can read up on these rules by checking out the 2010 ADA Guidelines for Accessible Design, which is an updated and revised version of the original standards for accessibility written in 1998. You may need to scroll down to the part which talks about signage, since this guide covers everything and establishment needs to take care of in order to be considered ADA compliant. This includes design and construction guidelines, alterations of existing buildings, and many more.

Have a sign designer, who has extensive knowledge of ADA signage, assist you – if you do not have the time to study up on the many nuances of ADA signs, you can hire someone who already does. There are many sign designers who are highly qualified to help you tweak your sign designs to make these fit the kind of rules appropriate for these. Since not all ADA signs carry the same kinds of features to make them compliant, it can get somewhat confusing when you start designing these. Having a designer that knows which signs need which features will cut out the guesswork, and will remove any apprehensions you may have as to whether or not your signs are compliant or not.

Find a compliance specialist in your State – some states have different rules regarding these signs. For instance, in California, your bathroom signs need to carry very specific shapes and features for these to be considered ADA compliant. These rules are not used in other states, so you may find such guidelines confusing if you are using the rules in the general guidelines manual of the ADA. A compliance expert in your state will tell you exactly what your signs should and shouldn’t have, what you should do when you mount these, and so on.

These are just three of the methods you can use to help ensure that your signs are indeed compliant with rules set by the government for these. Do you know of any other methods that can also do the same thing for your signs?

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