Handicap Signs

Handicap signs are everywhere, and contrary to what some people might think, no, not all of these signs are made alike. Although these all carry certain features that make people realize that these signs are there for the benefit of those who have disabilities, these are used in many different ways. These various handicap signs enable those who have mobility problems, as well as other disabilities, to find accessibility options in and around establishments.

So, what are these different handicap signs and where can these be found? What are these specifically used for and why are these made the way they are made? Here are some of the handicap signs that you see in and around the buildings and establishments that you might have visited recently:

Handicap Parking Sign – this is a sign that you often see in parking lots and parking facilities. These signs are usually mounted on a post at the head of a parking slot that is reserved for vehicles that are either driven by people with handicaps or are carrying individuals with disabilities. The parking slots that carry these signs are usually painted with the same handicap symbol, and are often found near the entrances of buildings.

These parking slots can also come in a couple of different sizes, with some ideal for use with vans and others ideal for smaller vehicles only. These parking slots may carry different signs on them as well to help users identify which slot can accommodate vans and which ones can only accommodate smaller cars. Those that can be used with vans often have a sign that says “Van Accessible”, while slots that cannot accommodate vans only carry the phrase “Handicap Parking” on it.

Ramp Handicap Sign – these are usually found near or beside curbside ramps that are found near or beside handicap parking slots. These are also found near ramps that are beside stairs that are used to lead up to buildings or establishments. These signs show people where accessibility options can be found for those who cannot go up or down stairs, and are designed with the telltale wheelchair symbol on an incline or triangle that is used to depict the ramp.

Bathroom Handicap Sign – this sign you can see on the doors and beside the doors of bathrooms. These signs usually carry more than one pictogram on them to show whether the bathroom is for men, women or for both. The use of the handicap symbol on this sign shows people that these bathrooms have facilities that people in wheelchairs can use.

Since wheelchairs are rather wide, and a lot of bathroom cubicles are rather small, bathrooms that do not have cubicles made specifically for the use of those in wheelchairs do not usually have this sign on or beside their doors. Those that do have such facilities for the disabled have this symbol on the signs by or on their doors, as well as by or on the doors of the cubicles that are made for the use of people with disabilities.

Elevator Handicap Sign – these are often found beside elevators that can also accommodate people in wheelchairs. Since not all elevators are made in the same size, with some being smaller than others, it is then but reasonable to assume that not all elevators can accommodate people in wheelchairs. Those elevators that are large enough for wheelchairs to fit in usually have these signs beside the up and down buttons. If a building has elevators that can accommodate wheelchairs and elevators that cannot, there will often be signs that point people with disabilities in the direction of the ones that can easily carry wheelchairs in them.

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