Handicap Signs

You’ve seen these signs everywhere, and you may be very familiar with the wheelchair pictogram that is always on this kind of a sign. Handicap signs can be found almost everywhere, and this pictogram can be seen almost everywhere as well. You can see this painted on the pavement to mark a parking spot reserved for vehicles that are used by people with disabilities and you can see these on bathroom cubicle doors made for those in wheelchairs.

Why are these handicap signs all over the place and why are these essential to establishments everywhere? Handicap signs are used by businesses to designate places in parking lots for vehicles that carry people with disabilities and to mark accessibility options within buildings because it is mandated by the law. Buildings and businesses that do not follow the dictates of the law with regards to these accessibility rules may find themselves paying fines or penalties for non-compliance.

These signs are posted for people with disabilities to know where they can pass and what facilities they can use. These considerations for the disabled are stated in the ADA, which is a law that was made to give people with disabilities the same rights as every able bodied American. This particular law states that people with disabilities should be given access to products and services just like everyone else, and to do that, accessibility options are needed.

These handicap signs are just one of the signs that are mandated to follow ADA guidelines. Other signs that are needed by establishments for them to be considered ADA compliant include Braille signs and tactile signs, among others. Signs are only part of the accessibility requirements that these businesses need to adhere to.

Other accessibility requirements that businesses should have include access ramps, entrances that can be easily accessed by people in wheelchairs, elevators that are big enough for a wheelchair to fit into it and bathroom stalls that can be used by people in wheelchairs. Aside from these, businesses also need to have aisles that are wide enough for wheelchairs to move around in and other similar considerations built into the premises.

While ADA signs are included in the ADAAG, you should know that signs only make up a small part of this set of rules for accessibility. There are rules that are specifically made for a wide variety of establishments that include places of lodging, restaurants and cafeterias, stadiums and whole lot more in this list of rules. Non-compliance with any of these rules, including those made for signage, can mean possible litigation and fines for businesses.