We’ve written a lot about the reasons why a public space or business needs compliant signage under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We’ve also gone over the various ways that you can create a custom look with these, outwardly, “boring” signs. Maybe you just need to know what the most common types of signs needed under the ADA are. Here are 4 common types of ADA signs:
Room Identification Signs
In a large, shared space like a school, for example, there are lots of rooms that serve different purposes. Some rooms are classrooms, and some are offices. From the perspective of someone who is not familiar with the building, these rooms might all look the same from the outside. Even more relevant is the craziness of students trying to find their correct classrooms on the first day of school – without the room identification signs, they would be late for all their classes!
Another common type of ADA sign located in a heavily trafficked, shared space is the restrooms. There’s nothing worse than having to desperately use the restroom and not knowing where the restrooms are located! People of all abilities must be able to clearly locate public bathrooms and the signs themselves must be accessible for all users. In other words, we make sure to design ADA bathroom signs with contrasting text and background, text in a large easy-to-read font. And of course, clear grade II braille is also a requirement on bathroom signs.
Directional and Informational Signs
If you’ve ever had to navigate yourself in a busy airport to get to your gate on time, you know how important directional and informational signs are. We use these common signs almost every single day! Just like restroom signs, these signs must be highly visible with a contrasting text and background color as well as a non-glare finish. However, indoor directional or wayfinding signs do not need braille. For that reason, we can create custom and changeable signs for the client to change at their convenience.
Elevator and Stairwell Signs
Multiple flights of stairs and elevators are necessary for a large, multiple-storied building. These features are important for all the users of the space which means that they must have ADA-compliant signage. Elevator signs and stairwell signs under the ADA must have highly visible and readable copy as well as grade II clear braille. Specific instructions on where the stairwells, exits, and other important features of the building need to be displayed clearly and legibly.
A Family of ADA Compliant Signs
There are even many different types of indoor ADA signs that a business or organization may need, so the sign-types in this list could be one member in a family of ADA signs. The sign schedule should be determined while the building is being designed. When you work with Connecting Signs, you can just hand over your sign schedule and we’ll design them! Making different signs look like they belong in a “family” is one of our specialties and we’re here to help!