Fundamentals & Requirements of ADA-Compliant Signage

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When it comes to creating signage for your business or organization, it’s important to keep the needs of all visitors in mind. This means ensuring that your signage complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Learn about ADA signage requirements and how you can keep your space compliant.

What Is ADA Signage?

ADA-compliant signage is signage that meets the requirements set forth by the ADA. These regulations ensure that individuals with visual, cognitive, mobility, and other disabilities have equal access to spaces and services. Most businesses are required to install ADA-compliant signs to ensure all visitors can navigate the space safely.

Fundamentals of ADA-Compliant Signage

There are a few key fundamentals to keep in mind when creating custom ADA-compliant signage:

1. Size and Placement

Signage should be mounted at a height that is easily visible and readable. The centerline of the text on the sign should be between 48 and 60 inches from the ground. If the sign is mounted on a wall, it should be mounted on the latch side of the door.

The size of the text on the sign is based on the viewing distance. The farther away the sign will be seen, the larger the text should be.

2. Contrast and Color

Signage should have a high contrast between the text and background color. This makes it easier for individuals with visual impairments to read the sign.

It’s important to choose colors that do not blend together or create glare. That’s why a matte blue background with white text is such a common style.

3. Braille on Signs

ADA interior signs that label a permanent room or space should include Grade 2 Braille. Lettering on Braille signs should be located directly below the corresponding text.

4. Pictograms

Pictograms are symbols that represent a message without the use of words. These symbols are often used on signage to convey information to individuals who may not speak or read the language used on the sign.

5. Restroom Signs

ADA interior signs for restrooms must include the International Symbol of Accessibility. Restroom signs should be located on the door or wall adjacent to the door.

6. Signage for Exits

These signs must include the word “Exit” in large, easy-to-read letters. The sign should also include an arrow pointing in the direction of the exit. If the exit requires the use of stairs, the sign should include the word “Stairs” in large, easy-to-read letters.

7. Signage for Rooms and Spaces

Custom ADA-compliant signs that designate a permanent room or space should include the name of the room or space in large, easy-to-read letters. Use an appropriate pictogram (if possible) to denote the purpose of the room.

Making Chicago a More Accessible Place for Everyone

At Windy City Signs and Graphics, we are passionately pro-accessibility. We believe spaces should be easily accessible to all Americans and are proud to play our part in helping achieve that. Book a consultation to learn what types of ADA signs you need to install and where.

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