Quick Reference Guide to ADA Signage

The guidelines and regulations for ADA compliant signage may seem daunting, but if you keep a few simple "rules of thumb" in mind whlie designing your signs, it's easy to create great looking signs that are fully compliant. Use the Reference Guide to point you in the right direction.

Proper mounting location and height.

Font Options

Easy to read fonts are approriate for ADA signage.

Text

Use simple, sans serif fonts, in a medium or bold weight. Do not use italics, scripts, or other hard-to read styles. For tactile signs, all text must be UPPERCASE. For visual only signs, such as directories, you can use lowercase letters.

A Few Fonts that Meet ADA Guidelines

  • Helvetica
  • Futura
  • Trebuchet
  • Veranda
  • Vag Rounded
  • Optima
  • Franklin Gothic
  • Avant Garde
  • Frutiger

Braille Quick Reference

Ensure Braille is added correctly to your signage.

Text on tactile signs must be accompanied by grade 2 Braille. Grade 2 is not a "letter for letter" translation of the text; it contains 265 contractions, single characters used to represent whole words or groups of letters. Accurate translation software is a must. We recommend Duxbury.

All Braille should be lowercase, except proper names ("Fred Jones"), letters which are part of a room number ("105A"), initials, acronyms, or the beginning of a sentence. Most translation software is case-sensitive, so if you type your text as lowercase, the Braille will be lowercase, and vice versa.

Proper mounting location and height.

ADA Laws & Regulations

Easy reference chart for USA ADA compliant signage (2010 Standards).

Proper mounting location and height.