ADA compliant signage means more than adding braille and raised lettering. Custom signs throughout your building can really establish your company brand within its doors. And one of the best ways to do this is through custom branded room identification and ADA signs.
There are almost an endless variety of combinations with a large variety of materials and colors to choose from. This allows the freedom to create something unique for your company. ADA signs can be customized with company logos and colors to further emphasize your brand identity and provide a unified appeal for traditional and vision-impaired users.
Make it easy navigate your location with a customized look
Signs serve a purpose. The purpose of room ID signs is to help your employees, clients, and customers find their way at your location. These signs often label areas like cubicles, offices, conference rooms, and board rooms. Signs like this are helpful for identifying what the rooms are used for and who occupies them. This type of sign is not required by any laws or regulations but is meant to help people find their way efficiently.
ADA Signs that complement your business décor
There are some differences between ADA signs and basic room ID signs and it’s important to understand how they are different. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law that prevents discrimination based on disabilities. This is vital information when it comes to creating a signage package for your business location. Among many other things, the laws passed in 1990 created a standard for interior signage regarding important locations like exits, stairways, elevators, and restrooms; while also making accessibility a requirement.
What makes a sign ADA-compliant?
In a nut-shell, to be ADA-compliant, a sign needs to have raised lettering, braille, and the letters need to be at least 5/8″ tall. Where the sign is installed is another factor of compliance. For example, there are thresholds for lowest-point and highest-point mounting. Plus, the sign must be mounted to a wall on the latch-side of the door – there are exceptions for when there is no possible way to mount in the specified location.
We will be covering this in more detail on regulations concerning ADA-compliant signage in Understanding ADA Signs.
Why should you concern yourself with the ADA?
First, this is an enforceable law that covers “complaints alleging disability discrimination against a State or local government or a public accommodation (private business including, for example, a restaurant, doctor’s office, retail store, hotel, etc.)” – source: ADA.gov. A complaint may result in an investigation by the Department of Justice, which can lead to required mediation or even litigation by the DOJ.
What does this mean for businesses?
There is a standard for required signage to make your location ADA compliant. Typically, this means high contrast signs with raised letters, symbols and braille text. These signs also have a standard for placement regarding height and relative location in relation to the door they are labeling. It’s important to know that the signs can’t be installed just anywhere, proper placement is just as much of a requirement as the construction and content of the signs themselves.
One of the best ways for a company to emphasize their business brand inside their location is with custom signage. Using branded room ID and ADA signs is a great way to brand your interior while labeling areas and meeting local requirements.
As a business owner or property manager, it is imperative that you make your facilities easy for people of all abilities to navigate. This is not only good for business, but it is also required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Thankfully, G-Force Signs & Graphics is a preferred provider of ADA signs, room identification, and nameplates in Connecticut.
The ADA is a comprehensive law enacted in 1990 and regulations within the law are consistently being updated. Although we discussed this law within the context of understanding ADA signs, the law is wide in scope and strives to equalize public participation of those with disabilities as with the non-disabled. The law covers various public and private institutions and organizations, with differences, and addresses, employment, accessibility, mobility, safety, and communication. Communication is the category under which signage falls under.
If you face an ADA-compliance situation regarding signage, be sure to do your homework. You may also engage one of our specialists at G-Force Signs & Graphics and have us help your business or organization comply with ADA signage requirements.
Understanding ADA signs is important for regulatory compliance, but the law also encourages businesses and organizations to pursue growth opportunities with customers who may have disabilities.
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