In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed to protect the rights of those with handicaps in a public setting. With so much information relayed through signage, it was integral to ensure that the signs were legible by all types of people, including those that were blind and in wheelchairs.
Despite the need for a prescribed package of details for these custom signs, you are still afforded customization options to make your package as cohesive with your brand and building décor as possible. These options include
We have a design team on hand that is ready to help you find the right details to make your ADA sign package compliant with local ordinances, as well as effective in delivering the look your business wants. Reach out to schedule a free consultation today, and we will begin planning your successful sign solution!
ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act, so an ADA sign is anything that has to do with accommodations for disabled people. This includes things like handicapped parking, handicapped washrooms, etc.
These signs are required in any building that is open to the public. They are put in front of doors and elevators so that blind people, for example, can read the braille and know where they are.
First, it is the law. On a more ethical side, it is important to make accommodations so that everyone feels included. People with disabilities deserve to be treated with the same respect and dignity as everybody else.
ADA signs have to be written with braille—so blind people can read them—and with visual characters and pictograms so they are easy to read. They are required wherever there is a change in surroundings, such as a doorway, a washroom, or an exit so that people are aware of their surroundings.
An ADA washroom is created for handicapped persons. These washrooms are designed so that people in wheelchairs, for example, can safely and comfortably use them.
These signs have to be accessible to everyone, no matter how tall or short they are. This means they must be placed a minimum of 48 inches off the floor and at a maximum of 60 inches. People typically choose to go with 48 inches off the floor to accommodate smaller persons. They also need a centimeter clearance on all sides of the braille text.
ADA exit signs need to be placed near the exits so that people know they are stepping outside. They need to be installed on the wall on the latch side of the door. They also need to be a minimum of 48 inches off the ground. If there are double doors, the sign has to be mounted on the inactive door, at 48 inches off the ground. If both doors are active, then the sign needs to be placed on the right side of the doors.
Ideally, ADA signs should be between 4-18 inches wide and 14-63 inches in length. There are strict requirements for the fonts you can use and how far they need to be from the perimeter of the sign. For all the regulations, refer to the ADA sign guidelines.
The cost depends on the size. We have competitive prices that rival any sign company in the area.
Most sign companies sell ADA signs. At Pure Image Signs & Graphics, we are more than happy to be your sign provider and handle all your ADA signage needs. You can call us at (604) 409-8040 or contact us online for more information.