Establishments, businesses and offices that are regularly accessed by the public, whether for work or otherwise, are required to be ADA compliant, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This law helps ensure that people with disabilities won’t be discriminated against when it comes to workplaces, commercial establishments and other public accommodations. As such, the aforementioned places should be easily accessible by people with disabilities, and signs that are ADA compliant should be where they should be.

In offices, ADA signs need to be in a few different locations in order for the establishment to be called compliant. Here are some of the ADA compliant signs that you need to have:

Permanent room signs – these signs help tell people what these rooms are for. These include bathrooms, conference rooms and the like. These signs have to follow ADA guidelines that include tactile letters, Braille, sans serif fonts and upper case characters. These signs also need to have a non-glare finish, and should have characters that have at least a 70% reflectant contrast with its background. Pictograms are optional, depending on the room the sign is to be used on.

Overhead signs – these signs show people where to go and are either suspended or projected overhead. These can be flag mounted or hanging and have to meet requirements like sign contrast, character height and proportion, clearance and finish.

Informational signs – like overhead signs, these show people where to go by providing information or direction. These are wall mounted signs and do not need to have either Braille or tactile lettering. These signs have to meet the same requirements as overhead signs though, such as character proportion and height, color contrast, and finish. The characters on these signs have to be sized according to mounting height and its reading or viewing distance.

Identification of accessible features and facilities – the signs that are included in this category include bathroom signs, entrance signs, accessibility signs (ramps and elevators) and bathing facilities. Parking spaces for people with disabilities, assembly areas, rescue assistance areas, assistive listening systems and public telephones are also included in this category.

For you to ensure that you have all the ADA compliant signages you need, you should ask sign experts for their opinion on your office’s compliance needs. You can also have your office surveyed by ADA surveyors just to be sure that you cover everything that you need for compliance.