ADA Signs

If you are thinking of getting signs for your business, there is one thing you need to consider, and that is the ADA. This is the acronym for Americans with Disabilities Act, which is a law that tells people what needs to be changed and what should be present for the benefit of people with disabilities. This particular law outlines specific rules that make it easier for everyone to access establishments, among other things.

Among the guidelines that need to be considered are the ones that revolve around signs. It should be known that signs do need to be tweaked in order for these to be considered compliant with the rules set by the ADA. To help you out, here are some of the ADA guidelines pertaining to signage:

-      Signs that are to be used on permanent doors, or doors leading to rooms that are considered permanent (rooms that won’t change usage like kitchens, bathrooms, and the like are examples of this), should have tactile features.

-      Tactile features include raised characters, raised pictograms, and Braille translations of the sign.

-      Color contrasts for these signs are set at a 70% contrast between the background and the characters on the sign. This can be in either a darker background with lighter colored characters, or lighter background with darker colored characters.

-      ADA signs do not necessarily need to come in grey and black, white and black, or blue and white color combinations. As long as the prescribed color contrast is adhered to, signs can come in many different color combinations.

-      The finish of your signs should be non-glare or non-gloss. This is to prevent the possibility of light reflecting off of the sign’s surface, which will make it difficult to read.

-      ADA signage should only use fonts that are sans serif. These are those fonts that do not have the additional strokes that sometimes make serif fonts look more artistic. This does not mean however, that sans serif fonts are not artistic. There are a number of sans serif options that are rather fancy looking and can be used to create rather artistic ADA compliant signs.

-      The Braille translations on these signs should be in Grade II Braille, which is a more advanced version when compared with Grade I Braille. The former uses contractions that make longer words shorter when being translated into these dots, as compared with the latter, which consists of dot combinations that represent individual letters.

-      Signs with Braille and tactile features on them should be mounted 60 inches from the ground and 8 inches away from the latch side of the door. This is to facilitate the safe and easy reading of such tactile features by those who have visual impairments.

These are just some of the ADA guidelines that need to be followed when it comes to ADA signage. For more guidelines and information on these signs, you can contact a sign or compliance expert in your State, or you can visit the ADA site to find out more about this particular law.

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