Braille Signage

If you are wondering why the ADA requires you to put up Braille signage, or ADA compliant signs, in and around your establishment, then read on. If you are running a business that is open to the public and you are not a religious entity, then you are indeed required to put up signs that are compliant with ADA standards. While this does not necessarily mean that all your signs should have Braille on them, or even that all your signs should follow ADA standards, there are indeed signs that you have to install with such guidelines in mind.

Some of the signs that need to conform to ADA rules regarding accessibility include permanent room signs. This can include room number signs, bathroom signs and any other signage posted outside rooms that won’t change its usage any time soon. Overhead signs and directories also need to comply with certain rulings that the ADA put out for signage in order for these to be compliant.

Not all signs need to have Braille on them. Only a few of these signs are required to have Braille translations and tactile letters on them. These particular signs are permanent room signs which are signs that are posted within the reach of a person’s fingers. These ADA compliant signs are not made only for people with visual impairments but for everyone, hence the addition of elements that everyone can also easily use, like high contrast text and easily recognizable figures or pictograms.

The main reason why these Braille signs are required by the law to be posted beside doors that lead to permanent rooms is to help people with visual impairments to easily identify these rooms without needing assistance from anyone. As with all other rules for accessibility in the ADAAG, the reasons why certain signs need to have a particular element on them and why these need to be mounted as such is to give everyone the equal right they truly deserve in everything, and that includes knowing where to go and where they are with the help of these signs.

Braille signage is required for these permanent rooms and is mounted at a height that is easy to read with the fingers in order to facilitate the easy identification of such rooms by people with visual impairments. Notice that these signs also carry tactile letters on them. This also serves the same purpose, for people to easily identify rooms with the use of their fingertips, and these tactile letters are aimed at those who do not know how to read Braille but have visual impairments nonetheless.