ADA Outdoor Signs

Most people believe that when you talk about ADA compliant outdoor signs, the only signs that belong to such a category is the handicapped parking sign. While this sign is indeed part of such a grouping, it is not the only one in that particular category. There are a few more ADA signs that are used outdoors.

Outdoor ADA compliant signs include those that tell you which walkways are accessible via wheelchairs and where ramps for these same wheelchairs can be located. Signs that comply with ADA standards are also used to indicate where vehicles can easily load and unload passengers as well as show people where the main entrances of a building can be found. Also included in this group of signs are those that are made to help people with disabilities easily locate the closest accessible facility can be located.

Signs that are used to indicate where vehicles that are driven by disabled individuals or those that carry handicapped people can park are considered one of the most commonly used ADA signs anywhere. Another sign that you can easily see outdoors are those that tell you where ramps for wheelchairs can be found. Both of these signs carry the universally recognizable international symbol for accessibility, or the ISA. Other signs that were mentioned earlier, such as vehicle loading and unloading signs, as well as signs that indicate locations of accessible entrances and facilities outdoors, usually carry the same accessibility symbol too.

Although most signs that are crafted to help people with visual impairments and other disabilities are made for use indoors, some facilities do require some of these same signs to be used outdoors. For instance, some open air facilities like stadiums and parks can employ ADA compliant bathroom signs for the bathrooms that are located outdoors. These particular signs need to carry the tactile letters, standard pictograms and color contrasts that is often required for signs like these.

Other ADA compliant signs that are also being used both indoors and outdoors include some directional and informational signs. Outdoor directories that show people where certain facilities can be found in parks and other outdoor locales also need to follow certain ADA guidelines fit for their particular use. Some of the main guidelines that these outdoor signs need to comply with in order to be ADA compliant include color contrasts, the use of tactile letters and mounting height according to the sign’s size and character height. For more information on ADA compliance for outdoor signs, you can visit http://www.ada.gov/.