Braille Signage

According to the ADA, public accommodations need to have accessibility options and signs that everyone can use and understand. When you say public accommodations, it basically means establishments that the public can access. This includes both government owned and privately owned establishments.

One of the things that all of these places need to have is ADA signs, and one of the types of signs that are considered ADA compliant are those with Braille translations on them. Braille signage need to be installed in areas like bathrooms, permanent rooms and stairwells, among others. This is to enable people with visual impairments to easily understand what these signs are saying and what these rooms are for.

Some business owners fail to see why Braille signage is needed and why compliance guidelines need to be met. Others see that compliance with such guidelines is a way to avoid probable issues with discrimination lawsuits and non-compliance penalties. Still, there are others who really see these signs (and the other accessibility options that also need to be addressed as well) for what these are truly worth.

Having these ADA signs on your walls and mounted overhead do not only help assure you of being compliant with the law. Having these in your establishment actually opens you up to a new demographic of customers. What some people do not realize is that people with disabilities spend too, and as such, they make up a whole group of consumers that some businesses tend to discount.

What some businesses also fail to realize is that, aside from skirting possible litigation that may come with discrimination violations, following ADA guidelines actually help their businesses. People who have disabilities are not in this world on their own. These people have friends and family who go out with them and shop with them as well. Denying people with disabilities the same rights as everyone else by not complying with the ADA’s rules on accessibility not only closes the doors on possible revenues from these very people but also on people they are associated with.

Braille signage is only one of the many sign types that need to be installed in order for an establishment to be considered compliant, on a signage standpoint at least. Other signs that need to be installed and that need to follow ADA rules are directional signs and directory signs. Each type of signage has to comply with specific guidelines and if you do not know what these guidelines are, you might find it rather helpful to get in touch with a signage expert or to check out the ADAAG for details.