– ADA compliant means that a sign conforms to the regulations set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
– The Act ensures equal access for all persons to key resources. That includes the ability to navigate buildings, for people with disabilities.
– Virtually all commercial buildings are required to include ADA compliant signs.
– Breaches of the Act can result in costly fines.
The Act’s definition of a commercial building is broad in scope. It includes “businesses that are generally open to the public,” and can include “restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities, and doctors’ offices.”
The ADA also requires “newly constructed or altered places of public accommodation” to meet the Act’s standards. Ask the experts at 4 Directions for help meeting all applicable requirements!
Promote your brand with ADA compliant signs.
4 Directions can use a variety of techniques to ensure your ADA compliant signs are readable by people with visual impairments. Some of these techniques are:
– High contrast signage. To achieve high contrast, you can use color combinations such as: black lettering on a white background; yellow lettering on a black background; and so on.
– Tactile characters. This category includes raised-character signs, which use alphabetical characters, and Braille signs, which use a special series of dots designed to be read by human fingertips.
4 Directions offers considerable expertise in designing and producing ADA signage that fully complies with the Act’s requirements. ADA signs can include:
– Wayfinding signs (e.g. elevators, washrooms, common areas, etc.).
– Exit signs.
– Room occupancy signs.
– Parking signs.
– Door signs.
There’s a misconception that only public institutions and/or very large businesses are under an onus to comply with ADA regulations. This simply isn’t true! The list of buildings that must offer ADA signs is extensive, and includes (but isn’t limited to) the following:
– Bars and pubs.
– Civic centers.
– Manufacturing plants.
– Municipal buildings.
– School campuses.
At a minimum, your building must include signs that indicate: any permanent rooms; the current floor; the locations of stairs and exits; where the elevators are located; the location of restrooms and, if applicable, accessible restrooms.
Plan ahead, and rest assure that all your signage will conform to ADA guidelines. Book your complimentary signage consultation with 4 Directions Signs & Graphics today.