Wondering what you need to know to be compliant with your ADA signs. You’ve come to the perfect place!
So, where do you need an ADA sign?
ADA Signage identifies:
- A permanent room or space of a facility
- Directs to or informs about a functional space within a facility
- Directs to or informs about accessible features in a facility
ADA signs not only serve a purpose for those that are blind or visually impaired but for those with hearing and mobility impairments as well.
ADA Sign Basic Guidelines:
- All signs must have non-glare backgrounds and characters.
- All signs that contain visual characters must have a high dark to light (or vice versa) contrast.
- Directional Signs must use a simple, non-decorative serif typeface.
- Signs identifying rooms must be located adjacent to the latch side of the door.
- Characters on a sign must be between 5/8 inch and 2 inches high.
- Braille is mandatory and must be grade two Braille.
- Signs should be installed 48 inches from the baseline of the lowest raised character and 60 inches maximum from the baseline of the highest raised character.
- Signs must use the four symbols that stand for accessibility.
Wheelchair – symbol for access
Ear – symbol for access for hearing loss
Keyboard – symbol for TTY for text telephone
Phone with sound waves – symbol for availability of volume control
ADA Sign Design Options
Even with these guidelines to follow, you can still have a range of options and design flexibility to make sure your ADA signs fit with your choice of décor. Here are some of the options that we offer:
- Using a back painted or vinyl backed acrylic sign can allow you to match a 2nd surface to your décor.
- Include a graphic or digital image on your ADA Sign. Just remember you must have at least a 70% contrast between your background image and the sign’s tactile letters to be ADA-compliant.
- Use an offset backer to add texture, color, and shape to your ADA signs. These backers can be any material you like to add that artistic flair to your sign.
- Use standoffs to add depth, color, and a modern touch to your ADA signs.
We hope these reminders help you stay compliant with ADA guidelines and get the proper signage you need for your project. Reach out with any further questions and our team will help make sure you get the right ADA signage!