ADA Signs

Some people may wonder – why are ADA signs required by the government when it comes to establishments that the public can access? The answer is actually very simple. It is to provide everyone with the same opportunities when it comes to having access to products and services that the general populace is being offered.

The ADA is an act that states certain rules that need to be followed when it comes to accessibility, among others. It is generally an act that provides people with disabilities the same rights as any American. In short, what is written in the ADA serves to help people with disabilities to live as full a life as any other American in the US with the help of government mandated changes and guidelines.

When it comes to ADA signs, the reason why establishments should follow the rules set for this is simple enough to understand as well. Signs that need to have tactile letters, 70% contrast and Braille translations are for the benefit of people with visual impairments. These rules help businesses use signs that everyone, including those who are visually impaired, can easily read and understand.

Other signs that are considered part of ADA signage include directional or wayfinding signs and handicap signs. The former is used to show people where to go and the latter is to show individuals with disabilities where certain accessibility options, like ramps, handicap parking spaces and elevators, can be found. These also need to follow specific rules set by the government for ADA signs.

What will happen to establishments that do not follow ADA signage rules? A few things can occur, should this happen. For one, these establishments may find themselves being fined for non-compliance and ordered to comply with the said rules in the ADA. This means, they will have to shell out more than was originally required since they will have to pay a fine and still get the ADA signs required of them.

Penalties are only given to those establishments who do not comply with ADA rules despite numerous reminders. These fines may also be required of businesses who fail to ask about compliance issues they may need to address for some time. In short, these penalties will be acted upon only if an establishment willfully neglects their responsibilities as per ADA guidelines for accessibility.