ADA Signs and Braille signs are designed to help visually-impaired people get around a facility without the help of a guide.
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About ADA Signs
The term “ADA Signs” has come into common use in the architectural, construction and signage industries with the advent of the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA. The term is sometimes misunderstood, as some people think it is synonymous with braille signs. Signs with braille and raised characters are the most visible manifestation of the law requiring access to the built environment, but the sign standards in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, or ADAAG, require much more than just braille and raised characters on some signs.
Almost every sign that would be considered an “architectural” sign must comply with one or another of the ADA Guidelines. If a sign identifies a permanent room or space of a facility, including exits, identifies, directs to or informs about accessible features of the facility, it must comply. Signs for advertising and marketing purposes, temporary signs, company logos and names are examples of signs or sections of signs that do not have to comply.
Although, because of the rules requiring Braille on some signs, the signage section is looked upon as benefiting persons who are blind and visually impaired, some of the sign guidelines benefit persons with mobility impairments or hearing impairments. In addition, one can say generally that easy to read and well thought out signage systems are of definite benefit to deaf people, or people who have problems speaking.
ADA Signs FAQ
Do my interior signs have to have pictures to comply with ADA standards?
Not necessarily. Certain pictograms are required (Handicap, Telephone, Hearing Impaired) while others are only recommended.
Can I use any type of material for my ADA signs?
You cannot use any type of material. The material must be non-glare with good contrasting colors. Depending on what type of ADA sign it is will determine whether braille is required, the letter size and how much the pictographs and letters or numbers must be raised.
Do all ADA signs have to have braille?
No. Only signs that are used to identify a room, space or area must have braille.