The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act made it mandatory for public buildings and businesses to have ADA signs that are compliant with the regulations as spelled out in the act.

The act is a civil rights law and came into effect in 1990. It was enacted to stop discrimination against people with disability in public places and buildings.

ADA signs are an important subset of the act regulating how public spaces are accessible by the disabled via proper signage. An important requirement of the signs is that they must be strategically placed so they can easily be located and seen by all disabled people.

Since a wide range of disabilities is included in the act, the ADA signs must be designed and placed in such a way no group would feel disenfranchised.

It must be noted that ADA signs are not the same thing as braille office signs. However, it is common for people to think of both as one and the same.

Braille office signs are mostly directed at visually impaired persons. Though an important aspect of the ADA signs regulations, the guidelines for ADA signs require more than just raised characters. To comply with the ADA guidelines the sign must be able to identify or inform the disabled about the accessibility features of the building or facility.

Types of ADA signs to use in a facility

There are no limits to the number of places or locations that need these signs. As a rule of thumb, any place or facility disabled people covered under the act need to use or access must have these signs.

Some of the places include, but are not limited to, elevators, bathrooms, office numbers, staircases, all exits, lounges, parking lots, etc.

Employers or business owners a bit confused about ADA compliant signs to use in various parts of their establishment should contact professional sign makers to help them with the options available to them.

Making a facility ADA sign-compliant is not simply a matter of using letter or numbers on doors and hallways. Sometimes, effective ADA signs placement requires taking into consideration the paint on the particular wall.

The signs must be very distinctive from the background color and of course, it must be of the right dimensions to comply with the laws.


How ADA and Braille office signs can help your business

Below are just two of the ways ADA signs can improve a business’s outlook to the public.

  1. Creating a safe environment

On a daily basis, Americans navigate buildings and spaces using signs. These signs give them the leeway and freedom to access buildings and offices easily and safely with the knowledge they are on the right track.

Apart from the legal reasons for these signs, having them in the right places creates the impression in visitors and clients that this is a socially responsible business. The signs create an environment where all people feel welcome.

  1. The signs can enhance the company’s aesthetics

ADA signs and Braille office signs designed and placed in the right places would surely make the building look better.

With the right signage strategy, the color of the signs and lettering can be made to match the company’s logo. And with the right design, the signs would complement the firm’s image by projecting a unified, strong brand.

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Written by: Vibrant Sign Studio, Miami, FL.