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Accessible Signage

Accessible signs are used to identify certain accessible elements and spaces. These include visual and tactile signs to assist customers with differing abilities to navigate your business or organization. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, set comprehensive requirements for accessible signage to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to information. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in legal action and hefty fines. Dale Sign Service is proud to offer high quality accessible signage to help you remain compliant with ADA standards and show your customers that everyone is welcome.

There are practical benefits for your business to provide accessible signage beyond its legal requirement. Accessible signage is one way to help create a welcoming and inclusive environment. People with disabilities should not feel excluded or unwelcome in your business or public space simply because they cannot read your signage. With vibrant and long-lasting ADA signage from Dale Sign Service, you signal to people with disabilities that you respect and value their needs and also show it in the design of your premises.

When people with disabilities feel welcomed and included, they are more likely to return and recommend your business to others. Creating accessible signages enhances their experience, reduces confusion, and eases their navigation, and leads to a positive perception of your business, especially in places like offices, public transit or even movie theaters. Creating accessible signage doesn’t have to be expensive. Dale Sign Service offers cost effective accessible signage that can be customized to the unique needs of your business.

Requirements for ADA signage are lengthy and can be confusing. Here are some key regulations that accompany accessible signage use:

Visual Characteristics

  • Character Height: Minimum of 5/8 inch (16 mm) tall for raised characters and visual characters.
  • Font Style: Sans serif style for readability.
  • Case: Uppercase or mixed-case letters.
  • Proportions: Width of uppercase “O” must be 55-110% of uppercase “I” height.
  • Finish: Non-glare surface to avoid reflections.
  • Contrast: High contrast between characters and background for visibility.

Tactile Characteristics

  • Character Height: Minimum of 1/32 inch (0.8 mm) raised above the background.
  • Finish: Smooth and free of sharp edges or burrs.
  • Location: Mounted on the wall adjacent to the latch side of a door.

Placement and Location:

  • Installation Height: 48 to 60 inches above the finished floor or ground surface, measured to the baseline of the lowest tactile character.
  • Clear Floor Space: Minimum of 18 inches by 18 inches centered on the tactile characters.
  • Mounting Location: Consistent placement within a transit system to aid navigation.

Additional Requirements:

  • Visual Characters: Required for signs at boarding areas, platforms, and mezzanines that list stations, routes, and destinations.
  • Braille: Required on signs identifying permanent rooms and spaces.
  • Pictograms: Optional for additional clarity, but not a substitute for text.

ADA signage is not just about adhering to legal requirements; it’s about creating spaces that welcome and cater to everyone. By embracing and implementing ADA guidelines for signage, businesses and organizations can contribute to a more inclusive society. Dale Sign Service is ready to assist your business with the right accessible signage to keep your company compliant and you customers feeling welcome.  We create, install and repair all types of signage. Call Dale Sign Service, the sign experts at (314) 966-2620.

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St. Louis, Missouri 63131

Phone: (314) 966-2620

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