What you need to know about ADA Signage
What is ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
How does that apply to signs?
While the inclusion of Braille is most beneficial to those who are visually impaired, easy to read and well thought out signage systems are of benefit to deaf people, people who have problems speaking, and people with cognitive disabilities or psychiatric conditions that cause them to avoid speaking to strangers.
What makes a sign ADA compliant?
ADA signs have many requirements depending on the type and purpose of the sign. However common requirements include:
- Signs identifying a room, space, or area have raised characters and Braille.
- Non-glare finish with high contrast colours
- Minimum height/width of pictograms, letters, and spacing
- Restricted fonts
All signage marked as ADA offered by Western Safety Sign meets all ADA requirements. However requesting custom sizes can sometimes prevent the sign from meeting ADA standards.
What if I'm not sure what signs I need?
One of our Western Safety Sign staff would be happy to visit your location and advise you! We can even install your signs to meet both your needs and ADA requirements.