Handicap Signage

If you were told to tell a handicap signage from any other signs that are around you, chances are, you can easily tell which one is the sign that is used to mark handicap parking spaces, ADA compliant bathroom cubicles, and other accessibility options found inside and outside buildings. This is probably because of the fact that these signs use the same blue and white wheelchair symbol that is seen on these many different places.

Don’t you ever wonder why these signs carry the same easy-to-distinguish symbol on them? Hasn’t it ever crossed your mind that no matter where these signs are found, the exact same pictogram is used on them? Don’t you ever wonder why even without wordings, when these symbols and signs are used, people understand what they are for?

Much like bathroom signs and exit signs, these handicap signs are made rather easy to recognize in order for people to ascertain off-the-bat which areas have accessibility options, which parking slots need to be left open for those who need them the most, and which bathroom stalls have certain features made for use by those with disabilities. The use of the internationally recognizable ISA, or international symbol for access, helps people easily determine where to go, what to do, and what to avoid.

While the symbol is indeed used on signs to show people where handicap parking spaces are to be found, where accessibility ramps are located, and where entrances big enough for wheelchairs to fit in can be seen, these are not the only places where these can be found. You will find this same symbol being used on pavements and on parking slots on streets to show that there are also slots there for vehicles that are carrying people with disabilities in them.

Some people believe that these symbols can only be made in blue and white, and while this is indeed the color combination that is often used for this symbol, it is not the case all the time. You can actually find this same symbol in different color contrasts like black and white, green and white, or red and white. The reason why most companies and people use the blue and white combination that you are so familiar with is due to the fact that it is easier to distinguish this symbol and the signs as well as the meaning associated with it when such a color combination is used.

In the end, the reason why these ADA signs need to be easy to distinguish is to make it easier for everyone, be it those who have disabilities and those who do not, to see and understand. When people easily understand the symbol and what it stands for, it makes it easier for everyone to find what they are looking for, to avoid occupying a spot meant for those who need them more, and to essentially locate accessibility options when these are needed.

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