Complying with regulations set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act is not only legally required, but also the most ethical option. By making your property accessible to everyone with the help of tactile warning systems and other important features, you are playing a crucial role in guaranteeing customer comfort and safety. Here is a basic guide to ADA-compliant signage:
Dimensional Letter and Braille Signs:
Businesses should incorporate signs that are legible to clients and customers who are visually impaired. If signs that require text letters are posted, the text should be raised in addition to being accompanied by Braille. Since only about 10% of blind Americans can read Braille, both options should be recognized.
Reduced Glare Signs:
New ADA standards require signs to be finished with a non-glare sealant to cut down on any bright light emitted by the sign. For many, glare makes reading difficult if not impossible. The sign background and lettering should have a 70% contrast to increase readability.
International Signs of Accessibility:
Standard signs that are used to represent wheelchair accessibility, and other internationally recognized symbols, should follow certain proportion regulations. In order to appear visibly to every person, these accessibility signs should be placed at a logical, convenient height.
Minimum Character Width Guidelines:
In order to ensure that each person who reads raised letters can properly identify each character, the letters and numbers should have a width-to-height ratio between 3:5 and 1:1. The characters should also be a certain height. Numbers and letters should be sized depending on the viewing distance from which readers will look at them. Lowercase letters are acceptable for use.
If your business is dedicated to meeting ADA regulations concerning signage as well as ground and floor surfaces, speak with one of the knowledgeable representatives at ADA Solutions, Inc. We’re the nation’s leader in tactile warning systems and can help your company meet the legal requirements for accessibility and safety. Visit us online or call us today at (800) 372-0519 to learn more.