ADA Guidelines ChecklistDid you know that designing signs for use in offices or for your business requires you to know specific rules for putting these together properly? Whether you are thinking of designing these signs yourself, or simply want to know what rules are required of these in order for you to check your current signs for compliance issues, there are resources that can be used to do this. These resources will help you know which signs need to carry specific ADA compliant features, which ones can do without these, and what these features are.

What people may find confusing when they are trying to learn how to create ADA compliant signs is that when they get to the ADA page, there is no special guide for signs. The site page for the ADA Standards for Accessible Design is a general guide for everything that needs to be done in terms of ADA compliance and for accessibility standards. You will find however that this particular guide does talk about some of the things that signs will need under communication elements and features.

Information about signs can be found in this guide in chapter 7, and under 703, which outlines general rules for signage. You will notice that there are actually quite a few rules that you can follow and learn about from this particular guide. It tells you about the need for raised characters (703.2), and what features these should have, such as style, proportion, height, and case. There is even an advisory that tells you to ensure that these raised characters do not have sharp edges and are easy to read with the sense of touch.

Also found in this particular part of this ADA guidelines chapter are the rules for stroke thickness, line spacing, braille translations, and character spacing. You will even find guidelines for braille dimensions here, and these include the spaces between dots, the height of these dots, their position, and their overall shape. You will also find in chapter 7 of this same guide rules for sign mounting, which tells you how high these signs should be mounted and where these should be placed, among other things.

These guidelines cannot really give you everything you need to know regarding sign creation and design for you to come up with visually appealing ADA compliant signs. There are quite a few other resources online however that you can tap for this. Rowmark color combinations that are acceptable, which signs can get away with not following these rules, and many more can be easily found online with a quick search. Finding this information can help you become a better sign designer, if you are one, or to help you determine if your signs need to be altered in order for these to be considered compliant.

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