Handicap Signage

Handicap signage is easily seen everywhere today. Most of the time, these are used to indicate the parking spaces reserved primarily for vehicles used by, or carrying, people with disabilities. These signs are often found marking parking spaces in malls and other similar establishments that are accessible by the public. The use of such signs gives people who have disabilities better parking spaces which are nearer to entrances. Please note that when we say “people with disabilities” that this phrase is not limited to wheelchair users, but also include those who have limited walking abilities, and those with hearing and sight problems. It also includes people with special needs, like the elderly and pregnant women.

 It is necessary to realize the importance of understanding what handicap signage is for and how to recognize it, because of the mere fact that you can find this in many places. Oftentimes, these handicap signs are located near ramps, beside elevators, and along corridors and on restroom doors. Handicap signs are easy to distinguish due to the symbol of a person in a wheelchair.

 Main Purpose of Handicap Signs

The presence of these handicap signs in different establishments allows people with disabilities to be easily afforded access to numerous places, and to be able to live life just like everybody else.  These also give them the convenience and independence that they want and need, while still keeping them safe from any harm that may come about from the lack of accessibility options.

The International Symbol of Access (ISA), or more commonly known as the Wheelchair Symbol, is commonly found everywhere, and for a good reason. This symbol shows people where accessibility options and facilities can be found. Some people tend to ignore it at times, and sometimes even take advantage of it, using such spaces and facilities even when they are not allowed or entitled to do so.

 Public Bathroom Facilities

 Creating a special bathroom cubicle gives disabled people the kind of convenience they need. These cubicles are made specifically for  people with disabilities and those with special needs, who may not have the strength to wait in line for a free cubicle. This kind of cubicle is also bigger compared to the rest of the bathroom stalls, and this is in order to give users in wheelchairs enough space to move around in.

 Accessible and Automatic Door Indicator

 Aside from bathrooms and parking spots, handicap signage is also found on doors that are made for the ease of access of those who have disabilities. The ADA (or Americans with Disabilities Act) requires such doors to be marked clearly with these signs. These doors are usually made wider and with special features to grant those who cannot open standard doors easy access to a facility or establishment. Automatic doors often have these signs beside them to indicate that people with disabilities have easy access to buildings and establishments with these doors.

 Elevators, Ramps, Corridors

 Elevators, ramps and corridors can also have these signs. These can show people the way to accessibility options with the help of an arrow on such ADA compliant signs. Whatever these signs are used to indicate, whether an accessibility entrance or exit, elevators, or even bathrooms, when placed in corridors or hallways, these are often accompanied by another pictogram that shows where the accessibility option can be found. If the wheelchair symbol is beside an elevator pictogram, then that means that there is an elevator that can accommodate a wheelchair nearby. 

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