Why ADA Signs Are For Everybody
As a business owner, you want to ensure that your company is presentable and easily accessible to ALL of your potential customers and clients. When we say “ALL,” we are also referring to the customers with disabilities.
Having customized signage in place to ensure that everyone has equal access can be beneficial to organizations of all sizes and types.
ADA Signage Law
ADA signs are designed to help visually impaired and blind individuals or individuals with other disabilities gain better access to public facilities. They are regulated by the federal government.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1990 to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities.
How Does Inclusivity Make Your Brand Stand Out?
It is critical to ensure that those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as individuals with physical or mental disabilities or members of other minority groups — have equal opportunities and resources.
A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that attracts all customers and makes everyone feel valued.
- It helps execute brand consistency
- It allows for easier navigation
- It builds a positive environment
What Makes a Sign ADA Compliant?
Creating or installing ADA-compliant signs can be difficult due to the numerous requirements in place. When searching for ADA signs, there are a few things to bear in mind.
- All ADA-compliant signage must have braille below the text. There must be 1.5 to 1.6 mm diameter braille dots that are spherical or dome-shaped and between 0.6 to 0.9 mm high.
- In a sans-serif font, tactile letters must be capitalized and in uppercase (with some exceptions). All raised text should have smooth edges, and the space between characters should be at least 1/8th of an inch.
- When characters and symbols contrast with the sign backdrop, they are more easily seen by those with impaired eyesight. Most ADA-compliant signs have a black background with bright text and logos with a 70% contrast ratio.
- The backdrop and text on ADA-compliant signage must not reflect light or produce a glare.