Braille - ADA Braille Signs

When you talk about ADA Braille signs, it is easy to get confused since a lot of establishments add Braille to their signs even when this is not necessary. This is because of the business’ desire to create a unified signage system for their establishment. This also makes it rather confusing for those who are trying to figure out which signs do need to have these tactile features on them and which one do not really need them.

To help enlighten you, the signs that require the use of tactile features like Braille and tactile characters as well as pictograms, are those signs that are used to mark permanent rooms and spaces. When you say permanent rooms and spaces, these are those areas that are not likely to see a change in usage anytime soon. Examples of these include kitchens, closets, and bathrooms, to name but a few.

The most commonly seen signs that have Braille on them are not necessarily signs that require this feature, but a lot of companies add this feature nonetheless. Some of these include directional signs, directories and even names for people occupying certain offices. There are some signs that are required to have this particular tactile feature though, and here are some of the ones you may be familiar with:

Stairwell and exit signs – these signs that you will find marking the floor you are on, as well as which floors have emergency exits on them, will carry Braille translations due to the fact that everyone needs to know this particular type of information. The info found on these signs (which you will find right beside the door to the stairs) is for the safety of everyone, which is why information on it needs to be accessible to all, hence the use of Braille and tactile features on these signs.

Bathroom signs – everyone uses the bathroom, and this is the main reason why these signs need to carry ADA compliant features on them, which includes Braille and tactile letters. Braille is used on these bathroom signs to enable those with visual impairments to know which door leads to the bathroom, and in cases where bathrooms are gender specific, which bathroom a male or a female should go to.

Door number signs – these are found on doors in buildings that have numerous rooms in them, and these include office buildings, schools, hospitals and hotels. These room number signs need to have Braille on them because not everyone can see these signs, and the Braille translations on them will help people with visual impairments to locate these rooms they need to find.

These are just a few of the more commonly seen signs that carry Braille on them. Other signs that you will find with these tactile features are those that may not really need them but are there just the same. Whether or not these are required on such signage, their presence on these signs is a good indication that the establishment gives importance to the needs of everyone and is thinking of the welfare of all who might need to use these signs.

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