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ADA Signs


Americans with Disabilities signs, or ADA signs, are used by companies to give signals for Americans with Disabilities. They are often signs that signal crosswalks, parking spots, or doors to be used for people who either have a wheelchair, are blind or deaf, or are otherwise disabled. ADA directional signs are designed to be easily seen and understood through either sight or touch.

Why are ADA signs used?

ADA compliance signs are used to help businesses and companies comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act was passed in 1990 and is designed to prevent discrimination against people who have disabilities to give them the same opportunities and the ability to access any place in public life. Including in employment, government, telecommunications, and everyday activities such as shopping or eating out at restaurants.

The benefits of ADA signs near me

Our ADA engraved signs are often used with Braille script in order to be identified through touch for the blind. Our signs easily show where you are supposed to go and what you are supposed to do, helping the deaf and wheelchair-bound easily find their way in crowded areas. Also, our signs, such as ADA exit signs are required to be easily seen and understood and can help people with any disability follow the rules and navigate safely.

The rules for ADA signs: ADA signs requirements

Our signs follow all ADA rules, including the following:

  • All our signs must be glare resistant as glares can impede the sight of the elderly and those with vision troubles.
  • Our signs must be easy to read and placed in specific places: An example of this is having a sign helping a blind person find a door near a door, as the blind person would grab the door and know to feel around for the sign. However, a sign in a corridor with nothing to let a blind person know it is there would not work.
  • ADA signs must have light colors on a dark background or vice versa and must use various letter sizes depending on the person who is expected to use them, in order to make them as easy to read as possible.
  • Signs that identify doors (such as ADA signs for bathrooms, ADA exit signs which are required, and rooms) must be put next to the door so the blind can find it. The sign can either both contain Braille script and regular information for the non-blind, or there can be two mutually exclusive signs. This applies to both words and pictures.

ADA signs symbols

We can create ADA signs for restrooms and other places that can use the four universal symbols. The wheelchair shows places that people with movement problems can access. An ear shows a system which the deaf can be assisted by, a keyboard symbol uses text to speech software and a phone symbol which signals a volume-controlled phone. The last three are mostly for those with hearing difficulties.

If you are thinking of using ADA signs at your home or business, know that our company will ensure your signs follow all these ADA signs requirements and take into account the type of disability you might deal with as we make your ADA accessible signs. An ADA sign in a place that is wheelchair accessible, such as an ADA sign for parking, will have a sign with different rules and text than an ADA sign that is supposed to aid the blind in finding an ADA sign for a bathroom, an ADA bathroom signs location or a meeting place. Understanding what signs and rules to follow for different disabilities will only help your company to be as accessible as possible, guaranteeing ADA approved signs and ADA accessible signs.

Why would a business need ADA signs?

Your business, regardless if it is public or private, will need to have these signs, as ADA approved signs are required by law. The rules for ADA engraved sign height, ADA bathroom signs location, ADA compliant signs, the placement of Braille text, and the other requirements must be followed in order for your company to be aligned with the law. Plus, the odds are that some of your employees or clients will have some form of a disability, whether physical or mental, and the accommodations will likely see some use, especially ADA signs for parking.

Our company knows all of the requirements for height, location, and placement including ADA bathroom sign requirements and ADA compliant sign guidelines and will work with you to create the signs you need.

How to hang up ADA signs and rules for doing so

ADA engraved signs are hung up by either screws or clamps drilled into the wall by a drill. They are hung exactly like regular signs, although for most of them a Braille background is placed down before the sign itself is placed over it and the installation is complete. Adhesive strips can also be used in order to hang the sign and in order to have it be easily removed. However, every sign has a different height requirement, and ADA restroom sign dimensions and ADA restroom signs height can differ as well, especially when hung by doorways for the blind, which our company will go over with you.

ADA sign requirements

Our ADA restroom signs height for doorways follow the same rules as most ADA bathroom sign requirements, and they can only be mounted on the door handle side of the door, between 48-60 centimeters and should be made straight with a level. ADA restroom sign dimensions are the same way. For double doors with one active door, the sign should be on the inactive door. For example, if you entered the double doors on the left, the sign would be on the right and vice versa. On double doors with two active doors, the sign will always be placed on the right of the door. The ADA signs for bathrooms location are always on the side of the door with the door handle on it.

For most buildings, know that ADA exit signs required for every building in order to make sure the impaired can leave the building easily.

Caring for signs

No matter how ADA Signs are made or whether they are indoors or outdoors, they are bound to get dirty. Braille signs are touched by potentially dozens to hundreds of people a day, and outdoor signs can be dirtied by animals, debris, weather, and other factors. However, most signs are easy to clean and just require dabbing and wiping with warm soapy water.  A soft and nonabrasive cloth will also ensure the best level of clean without damaging the sign at all. For signs (outdoor ones on the side of a building for example, such as an ADA hospital sign) that are harder to reach, then a hose can be used to rinse and wash stains away and the sign can simply air dry.

Any stains that require more than soap and water should be cleaned with cleaners and detergents with a soft cloth, and then your signs will be as good as new. Our signs are designed to resist fading and scratches, as the ink we use resists the harmful effects of sunlight, so aside from a few stains they are built to last.

How many signs do you need?

A company needs ADA compliant signs for every permanent room on their property – an area that will exist for longer than a week. Such as ADA signs for bathrooms or ADA signs for restrooms, which has the same ADA bathroom sign requirements and ADA bathroom sign location as all other permanent signs. The signs can be placed and taken down if the room’s purpose changes (such as a classroom which might change its teacher/function every year). They are either labeled by room name/number or by their purpose. Emergency signs are also needed to follow ADA compliant guidelines, such as exits, stairwell signs, elevator restrictions, ADA hospital signs, and other emergency directions that need to be followed.

What you need to know about ADA compliant signs

If you have any sort of public business, you will have to have ADA compliant signs in all locations and rooms specified by the law. Understanding the ADA compliant sign guidelines that say what these rooms are, where and how the signs need to be placed, and the type of disabilities you could encounter with your business can make the process of installing these signs much easier on you and your workers. You can avoid the trouble of confusing signs with ADA signs and symptoms of diabetes and with the cheap and professional guidance of our company, we can help you get the job done right.

Signs that are not required to meet ADA standards are directories, logos, overhead signs, and any sign in a room that will change function in less than a week.

Our company will get you the number of signs you need and ensure they meet every requirement. This includes all ADA Braille sign requirements which will help you feel doubly secure that your building is catering to the maximum number of people and obeying the law at the same time.

Why choose us for your ADA signs?

We will ensure your signs have the correct font type, size, and that there is room for the Braille and other images or text. Then you just have to pick up the signs and get them hung properly with no other trouble or fuss. Mistakes with a sign can be punished with fines as large as $150,000, so they are best avoided. Plus, it can be easy for someone to confuse these signs with ADA signs and symptoms of diabetes which is different entirely.

If you are having trouble figuring out how ADA compliance signs are made or the ADA compliance sign guidelines, getting in touch with us can ensure that the font is correct, the coloring rules are followed, and the Braille is easy to read and understand by the blind.

ADA Braille sign requirements show that Braille dots are regulated. This includes their own specific code that controls their shape and diameter. Also the distance between one another in both the same and different words, the dot height and even the type of Braille used for the signs. If all these regulations and ADA Braille sign requirements give you a headache, working with our company can ensure all these rules are followed and common mistakes are not made. Give us a call today on 800-205-9005 or contact us via our website.



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