Indoor Business Signs – ADA Signs

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Here on our website you can see all the different types of signage that we are able to design and manufacture. There’s banners, window graphics, vehicle wraps, etc.… The one type of sign that we get a lot of questions on in regards to indoor business signs is ADA signage. What does ADA stand for? What does an ADA sign amount to? When are ADA signs needed? Well, here are the some answers to your questions. PLUS, why you or your business may need these signs.

ADA stands for: Americans with Disabilities Act

Most people tend to think that these are restroom signs with braille and raised letters on them. Although that is one of the specifications in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (or ADAAG), there’s much more to be learned and followed from these specifications.

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Generally, almost any sign that is directing or identifying a permanent room (like a meeting room) or informs about accessible features of the building must comply with ADAAG standards.  For interior building signs, take into consideration who will be going through your facility. If you had a hearing or visual impairment you would want to be able to navigate your surroundings without having to ask another person.

You do not need to follow the guidelines if your sign is advertising or marketing a product or service. An example of that would be a temporary sign like a banner.

If you have a need of indoor business signs that would fall under an ADA “type” of sign then here are the guidelines that you need to follow:

  • All signs must have non-glare backgrounds and characters. There is an exception for reflective parking and other types of traffic signs. Glare can be a major hindrance to the visually impaired and the elderly.
  • All signs that have visual characters (words on a sign) must have a highlight to dark or vise-versa contrast between characters and their background. It’s not about color it’s about light to dark contrast. So an example of bad light to dark visibility would be a black sign with red letters on it.
  • All signs must have legible fonts or typefaces. Directional and informational signs can use upper and lowercase letters (which is recommended by many experts for visual readability).

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Here at Connecting Signs we know how hard and sometimes overwhelming signage requirements like these can be. We are more than willing to help you through the process of identifying the signs that you need, and the requirements that come with them. Feel free to send us an email with your questions. We’ll answer them honestly and thoroughly.