ADA Signs

ADA signs are considered a must in the US, and businesses as well as buildings that fail to follow the rules set by the government for these signs often find themselves with penalties and fines as imposed by the law. The ADA is a law that is enacted in the US, with the acronym meaning Americans with Disabilities Act, and as such, is used only in the country. Signs that can be used easily by everyone, and can greatly help those with disabilities, are however not exclusively needed by only Americans.

Signs that are designed for the use of everyone, including those who have disabilities, are actually needed worldwide. While there is a UN convention that does have provisions for signs and accessibility options for those with disabilities, the rules they stated in this convention were pretty general. With the ADA, you can see that there are rather stringent rules set for signage, and these rules help make signs easier to read and use by everyone, especially those with disabilities.

Some of the rules that probably should be adopted by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when it comes to signage include those rules that cover the right color combinations used, color contrasts, fonts used and mounting heights for specific signs. Since there are a lot of different kinds of signs being used for different reasons, as with the ADA, the UN should also enforce certain rules similar to these in order to unify the signage designs used worldwide. This will help everyone understand what these signs are for, where to find these signs, what to expect from these and so on, anywhere in the world.

For example, in the ADA, there are set rules for signs that are considered permanent room signs. These are those rooms that won’t be seeing a change in usage anytime soon, and as such, these have signs that include a number of features that are not found on other ADA signs, such as Braille translations and tactile characters as well as symbols. These signs are also mounted at a specific height to enable whoever requires the use of these tactile elements to reach them easily.

These very same rules should be applied to signs worldwide to ensure that no matter what nationality you are and where you go, you can easily use and understand the signs that you encounter everywhere. While there are similarities in some of the signs that are made for the use of those with disabilities all around the globe, some variations can leave a number of people confused. With a set list of signage rules that can be followed by everyone who ratified the convention, ease of use of signs and understanding what they say can be assured from one country to the next rather easily.

While this idea may just be a pipe dream (for now, anyway), the chances of such a thing happening is not impossible. All this idea needs is to take root and for the UN to have signage experts come up with a concrete set of signage rules that all member countries can follow. Till then, the provisions for signage in Article 9 of the convention will have to do for now.

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