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An Overview Of ADA Sign Compliance Guidelines


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law in the United States that forbids discrimination based on disability. As a result of its status as law, compliance isn’t optional; it’s mandatory. Businesses and municipalities don’t need to adhere to ADA in the manner they adopt other construction regulations; it is now compulsory. Since 2012, every new structure and building is required to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. This is applicable for thousands of kinds of structures, from hotels, hospitals, schools to public spaces, and office/work spaces. Here’s an overview of the ADA compliant signs guidelines.

    • Color Contrast

      Visual impairment is very common in America. More than 2.5 million Americans suffer from visual impairment – not just blindness. Colors play a major role in helping those with such disabilities. Color contrast is very important in the creation of tactile/ADA compliant signage. The light/dark, dark/light rule is very important when it comes to digital signage. The sign should have a non-glare finish. The characters of the background of signs shall be eggshell, matte, or other non-glare finish.

    • Size and Space

      ADA size requirements specify a text height range of 5/8-2″. The baseline of the tactile copy can be mounted between 48″ at the lowest point to 60” at the highest point. This allows signs of different sizes to be mounted on the same visual plane.

    • ADA Rules Of Thumb:
      • 6″ high area pictogram with nothing on it
      • Letter and pictograms that contrast with their background
      • Braille positioned directly below the text
      • Fonts all uppercase, sans serif and 5/8″ high at a minimum

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