Safety & ADA Signs

Staying ADA compliant is important when designing signs. Not only does it ensure your building is accessible to all potential clients, it keeps you in regulation with the law and avoids big fines. As a local sign shop, we understand what the local governing bodies expect out of signage and can help ensure our clients stay within the letter of the law.
Many clients are under the impression that adding braille makes a sign immediately compliant, but there are other important factors to consider when creating a sign.

Quick Overview of ADA Guidelines

The pictogram field, the finish and contrast, and the text descriptors must be ADA compliant on a business sign.

  • Raised characters. This includes the depth, character height, stroke thickness, line spacing, character proportions, style, and case as explained under the act.
  • Visual characters. Some considerations include the style, contrast, finish, character height, height from the floor, stroke thickness, line spacing, character spacing, and case of visual characters used in signage.
  • Installation height and location. Signs must be the appropriate height from the ground. Additionally, single doors, double doors, and doors with no wall space have specifications to be met.
  • Symbols of accessibility. Having the correct finish, contrast, International Symbols of Accessibility, TTY, Assistive Listening Systems, and Volume Control Telephones help business stay compliant under the ADA.