ADA Bathroom Signs

You may not be aware of this, but the ADA bathroom signs that you see in the US are not exactly designed the same way as those found elsewhere in the world. The term itself should give you a hint since ADA is the acronym for Americans with Disabilities Act. This does not mean however that these signs are totally different from one another. In fact, these signs actually have a few features that are actually very similar.

For starters, bathroom signs in both the US and other countries carry the same pictograms on them. These are those stick-like figures that you see on these signs, indicating whether a bathroom is for male or female use. These very same pictograms may have slight variations in their overall design, but the standard shape remains the same.

These bathroom signs also have the same ISA pictogram on them. This is the symbol that shows a person on a wheelchair. Although some areas in the US have started using the active wheelchair pictogram on their signs, the symbol remains generally the same. This symbol, when used on bathroom signs, indicate that there is a cubicle inside the facility that can accommodate a person in a wheelchair.

These are just a few of the similarities you will find when you compare ADA bathroom signs in the US with other bathroom signs found elsewhere in the world. Other features you may find on some of these other signs that are used in countries outside of the US that are similar to what ADA signs used for bathrooms have include braille translations, raised characters and mounting height. These signs can also be made in the usual color combination people in US are used to, and this is the blue and white color combo.

Of course, not all countries do follow these designs to-a-T since these countries are not bound by the same laws as the US is with the ADA. While these countries are mandated by the UN to have signs that are readable by those who have disabilities (and by extension, to have facilities that can be easily used by people with disabilities) they are free to inject whatever features they feel are best for these signs to have.

Some of these signs may carry the same features as American ADA signs, but may not be mounted at the same height as the ones in the US. These signs may be mounted on the doors of these facilities instead of beside it, and these can also be mounted above these doors too. The ADA strictly mandates that these signs need to be mounted on the latch side of the door and should be a good 60 inches from the floor in order to facilitate for easy reading with the fingertips.

Despite these differences though, the similarities do abound, and this may be because the ADA signs that are used for bathrooms are carefully designed and well thought out.  

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