ADA Braille Signs

When ordering ADA Braille signs for your business, the easiest tack would be to have a sign specialist take care of your signage needs for you. If you are the type of person however who wants to know what is going on with your signs and other stuff you need to have made for your business, then you might want to know how these signs are put together and what components need to be on these signs.

ADA signs come in a wide variety of types that include signs with and without Braille. The signs that need Braille translations are often those signs that are within the reach of the human touch. These signs belong to a group of signs that need to be mounted at such a height for these to be of utmost use to those with visual impairments, as well as to everyone else.

Some of the ADA signs that need to have these Braille translations on them are bathroom signs, permanent room signs, and in some cases, directional or wayfinding signs. Not all wayfinding signs require Braille translations on them, since some of these are mounted at heights that are too far for people to reach with their hands. Those that are mounted at reachable heights however have Braille, tactile letters and other ADA compliant components on them.

There are actually two kinds of ADA Braille signs, the conventional tactile sign and the combination visual and tactile sign. Both carry Grade 2 Braille translations on them, but one of these signs has a part where the fonts used are artistic or serif (for aesthetic purposes) as well as a part where the ADA compliant sans serif wording of the sign is located. Both are acceptable according to ADA standards and the use of either on or the other is left to the discretion of the establishment.

To help you understand what ADA Braille signs are, here is a diagram of this particular type of sign and what the important elements on them are:

ADA Braille Sign Infographic