As a sign company, we encourage our clients to ensure all of their signs are ADA compliant. This allows those with disabilities to navigate their surroundings better. ADA code-compliant signage can be found in both public and private restaurants, schools, public office buildings, museums, retailers, and social service establishments.
ADA signs must meet specific requirements to be in compliance. When manufacturing and installing ADA code-compliant signs, here are some things to pay special attention to:
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For signs with important text, rounded braille and uppercase raised letters must be added to ensure those who are visually-impaired can read them. The letters must be raised 1/32” minimum in a sans-serif font and at least 5/8 of an inch, but no more than 2”, in height. Not all ADA signage requires brail and raised letters—it depends on the type of sign and where it’ll be mounted.
As for pictograms used to identify a permanent room, signs need to be within a 6” high field.
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Words and characters/images must have high-contrast with the background’s color. Choosing one very dark color and one very light color is always your best bet.
Generally, sign positioning must be centered between an 18” minimum area, adjacent to the door. Mounting should take place on the latch side of the door. However, for double doors, the mounting is always on the right side.
When it comes to ADA interior signage, our team can help you make sure you are always compliant. Check out our other blog posts on various kinds of interior signage (link to decorative signage blog and wayfinding sign blog). If you have any more questions, feel free to give us a call!