Handicap Sign

When you hear someone mentioning handicap signs, the first thing that probably pops into your head are those signs that are used to mark handicap parking slots. You are actually right in thinking that those blue signs with the white wheelchair pictogram on them are signs that belong to such a category. Did you know, however, that this is not the only place where these signs can be used?

Handicap signs, or ISA signs, are actually used for many different things. One of the uses, as mentioned above, is for designating parking spaces for vehicles that carry people with disabilities in them. These signs are usually posted at the front end of these parking spaces and are accompanied by additional features that make it hard to miss or mistake, such as the ISA symbol painted on the entire parking spot.

Another use for handicap signs is to show people where a wheelchair or accessible ramp is located. Usually, these ramps are found right beside the handicap parking spaces in parking lots and near the entrances of ADA compliant buildings. The signs on these ramps also have the same ISA symbol on blue background that parking lot signs have, but without the word “Parking” on them. Sometimes, these do carry the words “wheelchair ramp” on them, or feature the ISA symbol on a triangular shape that represents the incline of the ramp.

 Another use for this sign with the wheelchair pictogram on it is to show people whether a bathroom has facilities that can be used by people in wheelchairs. This same sign is also posted on the cubicle that is made for the use of people in wheelchairs. Since wheelchairs can be rather bulky and too big to fit into standard bathroom cubicles, a cubicle that is designed to not only accommodate a wheelchair but also has features that allow a person to transfer from the wheelchair to the toilet and back without assistance is required.

Another place where you can see handicap signs are on the walls of buildings that have accessibility options for people in wheelchairs. These signs are often posted near elevators that people in wheelchairs can use. Much like bathroom cubicles, some old elevators are not big enough for some wheelchairs to fit in them. Elevators that have enough space for such conveyances to be safely accommodated often have the ISA sign posted beside the up and down buttons and are also posted on walls with arrows under them to show people where accessibility options can be found.