ADA Compliant Signage is Must for Any Business
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted by the United States Congress in 1990 to prohibit 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. It also requires that commercial buildings, hotels, and other business establishments be accessible to people with disabilities. The ADA was recently updated and now covers online content as well.
Importance of ADA Signs for Your Business
ADA signage is essential, and it’s the law. ADA compliant signs make your company accessible to every person, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. They provide direction and safety information, and need to follow specific rules and regulations regarding placement, font size, and spacing. They need to be visible and legible, through visual, tactile, or braille, for people with hearing, visual, or other sensory disabilities. For example, a sign directing you to an elevator needs to have ‘’elevator’’ written in letters that are at least six inches high. Signs with arrows pointing down must have text below them reading Escalator. There should also be tactile tiles on the floor leading up to and away from escalators. These tiles should match the color of the arrows on the floor.
Incorporate Branding Into ADA Compliant Signage
Many businesses are required by law to have ADA compliant signage, but that doesn’t mean the signs have to be dull and boring. Once your ADA signs are compliant, there’s nothing that says you can’t add certain brand identifiers to make your ADA signs fall in line with your branding and signage strategy:
- Incorporate your signature font
- Incorporate your signature brand color
- Match the style of your signs and materials to other branding
- Work with our visual graphics design team at Alpha Sign Group to customize ADA compliant signage