Handicap Sign

One of the ADA signs that you may be very familiar with is the handicap sign. These are those signs that carry the pictogram of a person in a wheelchair. These signs are normally seen in parking lots by most people, which may be the reason why people think that all handicap signs are used for designating parking spaces for people with disabilities. This is not so.

A handicap sign can actually be used in many different places and for a wide variety of purposes. This telltale wheelchair symbol is more than just a signifier of parking spaces that are reserved for vehicles carrying people with disabilities. This particular sign is actually used for the following purposes as well:

-      To show that restrooms have facilities for people in wheelchairs – not all restrooms have cubicles that can easily accommodate a wheelchair in it, but those that do, have this particular pictogram posted alongside the male and female pictogram often used for restroom signs. This very same symbol is also posted on the door of the cubicle that is build in the dimensions and arrangement that is meant for the use of those in wheelchairs.

-      To show people where to go for accessibility options like ramps and elevators – these are often posted inside and outside buildings to show people where wheelchairs can access entrances that are big enough for them and other accessibility options.

 Elevators - Sometimes, this particular symbol can be accompanied by another pictogram beside it depicting an elevator and an arrow pointing people to where such an elevator can be found. This same sign can also be found beside the elevator doors of such a conveyance to show people that the elevator can accommodate wheelchairs. This is another ADA compliant sign that is often seen inside buildings everywhere.

 Ramps - For ramps, the wheelchair symbol is often placed on top of a right triangle, which represents the ramp, and is placed either at the beginning of the ramp or at the top of the ramp. This is also used to mark a curb ramp in parking lots, which is also found beside handicap parking spaces.

 Outside Entrances for Wheelchairs – Not all buildings have main entrances that are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Sometimes, these buildings have revolving doors as main entrances, which cannot be used by those in wheelchairs. These buildings, to remain compliant with ADA standards, often have accessible entrances made specifically for the use of people in wheelchairs and these signs show people where these are with the use of the handicap symbol and an arrow pointing people in the direction of such an entrance.