When faced with the need to have new signs made due to ADA compliance issues, some establishments think that they can save money by making their own signs. While creating your own signs is by no means impossible, following the ADA guidelines to-a-T can be quite intimidating. There are many elements that need to be taken into consideration when these signs are to be put together, which is why it is often ideal that manufacturers create these for you.

Before a sign can be considered ADA compliant, some of the considerations you need to take note of include the following:

  • Contrast – the contrast ratio of the sign’s wordings to that of its background has to be 70%. This can be either in the form of dark letters on a lighter background or light letters on a darker background.


  • Tactile Letters and pictograms – the letters and the pictograms you use have to be easy to read with the use of the fingers. This means that these have to be elevated or raised in order for people with vision impairments to easy discern from the background.


  • Braille Translation of pictograms and letters – while not all people with low vision can read Braille, signs still need to have this in order for them to be ADA compliant. You will need to use Grade II Braille and you might have to utilize an online software program to translate your signage wordings into Braille.


  • Font – the font that needs to be used has to be sans serif. Italics, scripts and fancy letters cannot be used for these ADA compliant signs.


  • Materials used – the materials to be used for the manufacture of these signs should not be reflective, and should be in either a matte or non-glare finish.


These are just a few of the things that need to be taken into account when ADA compliant signs need to be made for an establishment. If you miss out on a few of the guidelines that are to be followed for the manufacture of these signs, you might end up spending more than you expected. This is why it is best to have companies that specialize in the making of such ADA compliant signs to make these for you.