When adding signage to your property, it is important to consider the needs of people with disabilities. Whether you are required by law to make your business or facilities more accessible to people with visual impairments or you just wish to make your property friendlier and more accessible, Starfish Signs has the tools and the knowledge to make your signage compliant and effective.
What is the ADA and How Does it Affect My Signage
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became a law. The ADA is a civil liberties act designed to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in public accommodations, employment, government services and telecommunications. Included in the act is a requirement that places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities have signage that is accessible to people with visual impairments.
The Latest ADA Signage Regulations
According to newer ADA regulations updated in 2011, signage in places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities should have both Braille and raised type for individuals who don’t read braille. In addition to this stipulation, the regulations are also very detailed on the specifications and installation requirements each sign must meet to be considered acceptable. For instance, according to regulation, raised type must be raised 1/32″ from the sign surface. There are also specific regulations around the placement of these signs, including both the locations and height at which they must be displayed, and there are a number of regulations that detail the types of fonts that are allowed, the heights of the letters relative to one another, and the spacing in between the letters.
Create Stylish, ADA Compliant Signage at Starfish Signs & Graphics
At Starfish Signs, we produce custom signs with both Braille and tactile lettering in-house. If you’re looking to start adding these signs to your building, some of the most common and useful signs to make with raised lettering are signs for room and suite numbers, restroom signs, and building navigation signs.
Just because your signs are ADA compliant doesn’t mean that they can’t look beautiful too. We stay up to date on these federal ADA regulations at Starfish Signs & Graphics so you don’t have to. Also, because we know the regulations so well, we can help you navigate how to create compliant signage that also suits your branding. Take a look at this raised-lettering signs that we made recently. The sign looks elegant because it is made out of aluminum, but it still meets the requirements of the ADA for raised letters.