The ADA or American with Disabilities Act is a law that aims to ensure that the civil rights of the disabled are protected. When it comes to signs, this particular law enforces certain standards that enable individuals with disabilities to easily locate and access services and goods. The guidelines that are followed to ensure that these standards are met include those that cover sign location, color contrast, sign size and readability through tactile copy.

ADA compliant signs are often required for establishments and buildings that people with disabilities may access. In short, these signs should be found almost everywhere. There are a few exceptions as to which signs do not need to be ADA compliant, like building addresses, menus, and temporary signs, to name but a few. The rest, however, are subject to the rules that are stated in this particular act.

Permanent locales that can be accessed by people, like offices, passageways, stairwells and such, should have signs that identify them. These signs should be ADA compliant, which means that these should be tactile (or readable by sense of touch), of a particular color contrast, should use compliant fonts and should be in the right size to be easily seen. These signs should also be easy to locate and should use non-glare materials.

ADA compliant signs that are used for parking spaces do not need to have Braille or to come with tactile letters. Since it is already a given that visually impaired individuals cannot and should not drive, parking lot signs that are made to be ADA compliant are there for those who have other disabilities or are accompanying individuals with disabilities.

In order for you to know whether the signs in your establishment should be ADA compliant or not, it is best to ask sign manufacturers who specialize in ADA sign creation for advice. It is also ideal for you to read up on ADA guidelines regarding where signs should be located, which signs need to have Braille or tactile copy and other similar regulations at www.ADA.gov.

Knowing more about ADA compliant signs, and about ADA regulations in general, will not only help you keep your establishment compliant. It will also help you learn more about what should be done to help disabled individuals find their way around your establishment and how to help keep them safe as well as informed.