ADA regulations apply to more than just the accessibility of a physical space; these regulations also aim to ensure that other elements of public spaces are accessible to everyone, including the signs in your place of business. But how do you know if you have compliant ADA signage in Westchester County? Here’s what you need to know.
Which Signs Need to Comply?
Before we get into the specific ADA requirements for signs, let’s talk about which signs are subject to these regulations because they don’t apply to every sign on your property. For starters, any signs for advertising or marketing purposes (signs displaying your business’s name or logo, for example) are not required to follow these regulations. Temporary or changeable signs, like directories or signs put up for events, are also exempt.
These laws apply to permanent signs on your property. Signs that direct visitors or provide information about the function of a room must follow regulations. It would include signs indicating the location of the restroom, or room number signs outside of offices, among others.
Braille and Raised Letters
Most ADA regulations related to signage are related to accessibility for those with visual impairments. So, a key feature you’ll need on your signs is braille dots. The letters on the sign should also be raised. These features make it easier for the visually impaired to read the signs and find their way around your business.
Of course, not all visual impairments require the use of braille; many individuals have reduced visual acuity but don’t read braille. Your signs should have high contrast between the lettering on the background to accommodate these individuals. If the sign’s background is dark, the letters must be light, or vice versa. The ADA also limits which colors you can use for your signs to maintain optimum visibility for everyone.
The ADA also has laws about where you can place these signs. Because the visually impaired cannot read the sign from a distance, you must place your signage at an accessible-height and in a location where they can safely stand without obstruction to those passing by. Signs should be mounted no lower than 48 inches from the floor and no higher than 60 inches. They also cannot be placed so that someone is at risk of being hit by a door when trying to read the braille lettering on the sign.
There are a few exceptions to these placement rules—such as elevator cars, for example. We encourage you to do more thorough research regarding installation requirements for your business’s signs to ensure that you’re remaining compliant.
So, do you have the correct, ADA-compliant signage in your business? If not, Adaptive Signage can help! We offer packages of essential signs for offices and public spaces that adhere to the ADA’s strict standards for accessibility. Check out our products online, or reach out to us to learn more about receiving custom signage in Westchester County.