ADA Signs: Keeping up Regulations

As a business owner, you want to be welcoming to all of your potential clientele. We’ve discussed before how you can send your message to the public using color, contrast, typography, and spacing on your signs. There are parts of the community that these efforts will have no effect on. Those who are blind, deaf, or have a condition which makes it hard for them to see or understand your signs may miss your message and helpful directions completely if your company doesn’t follow the requirements set out by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are some guidelines to be aware of to ensure your business is truly open to the public.

Size and spacing

Rooms in your company that serve the same function on a daily basis, such as the bathroom, are required to have an ADA sign identifying the room. The text on this sign must be in a simple, san serif font with medium to bold stroke. The height of the letters can range from 5/8 inches to 1 1/2 inches. Spacing requirements vary depending on the font size you choose. Click here to see a reference chart. For pictograms, such as the gender symbol on bathroom signs, you need to have a 6 inch clearance. For Braille signs, a minimum space of 3/8 inches is required.

Finish and texture

When it comes to ADA signs, catching the attention of viewers comes second to the visibility and clear way the message is presented. Be sure to use non-glare background that won’t be distorted by lighting. Make sure the background of the sign is in stark contrast to the text and picture visuals used on the sign. Ensuring the signs are simple, crisp and readable will help them serve their purpose well.

Location and accessibility

As previously stated, ADA signs are required for rooms that serve a permanent function. You should also have signs to identify stair wells and elevators. The proper installation of these signs can be a very detailed business. This is to make sure those who are visually impaired can find the directions they need. The distance from the center of the sign to the floor should be 54 inches. The sign should be mounted on the wall on the latch side of the door. For more in depth answers on mounting signs in various locations, check out this helpful guide. http://adacentral.com/media/ada-sign-installation.pdf

For the most recent 2010 standards guide, click here.
Call Kachina Sign Center in Tucson to create signs to make your building ADA accessible.

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