Restroom SignsIf you look closely at the restroom signs in all the public places you go to, you will notice that these signs have rather distinct features that are found on each one. These features are required by the government for compliance purposes, and these are for compliance with ADA rules. ADA rules govern how these signs should look and what should be put on them, and if such features are not present on the bathroom signs that you see, then these are in violation of such rules.

There is a good reason why bathroom signs, whether these are customized or not, are required to follow the rules set by the ADA. This is the exact same reason why the ADA was made in the first place, and why compliance should never be neglected, and that is for people to be afforded equal rights in everything. The ADA was made to give people with disabilities not only easy access to public places and facilities, but also to jobs and the like. Non-compliance with the law will bring about penalties and fines, which you or your establishment would not want.

The need for signs that carry very specific features on them is not only for bathroom signs though. Any sign that is used on a door that leads to a room that is deemed a permanent room needs to have a sign that has these exact same features, and these include tactile characters, braille translations, and sans serif fonts, to mention but a few. These features need to be on these signs to make these easy to read by everyone, including those with visual impairments.

These signs also need to be mounted in an area that is easy for people to reach and read with their fingertips. This is the reason why these signs have tactile features on them, and why it is mandated that these signs be mounted at a height that is 60 inches from the ground to the middle of the sign. These should also be mounted on a wall that is far from danger, which means that these should be placed on the side by the door where a person won’t be hit by an opening and closing door while they are reading the sign with their hands.

The other features that are required of such signage, restroom signs and other permanent room signs alike, include 70% color contrast between the background and the characters, non-glare finish, and proper spacing between letters as well as the braille dots in the translation. All of these features are required so as to help make these easy to read and understand  by everyone, as is what the ADA is all about.

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