ADA and Braille Signs are a necessity for businesses to adhere to the American Disabled Act, providing proper access to disabled and handicapped individuals in public spaces. To protect individuals there are codes written for the design, fabrication, and placement of interior and exterior signage outlined in detail under the 2010 ADA Standards for California. Request a copy of the code here.
For your information, the codes for sign design cover such items as the need for contrasting colors, font style for text, bead sizing for braille dots, height and thickness of base materials, lettering & pictograms, non-glare material specifications, guidance for non-gender bathroom signs, and exact placement requirements when installing the signs onto walls and adjacent to doors. Accessible parking sign design and placement are also covered in detail.
ADA Braille signs are required for designated permanent rooms and spaces that have access to the public, such as restrooms, service rooms, room numbers, evacuation exit routes, etc. Signs that do not need to be ADA Braille are signs that are for visual purposes only, such as directories, directional and overhead signs.
Signs that need to meet ADA compliance are open to inspection by a Fire Marshal. Signs in public spaces such as restaurants, hospitals, city offices, and even exterior parking signs are mandatory for inspection.
If you have any questions, or would like expert help navigating through the California ADA code, contact Caliber Signs and Imaging for free advice. Call now 949-748-1070.
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Frequently Asked Questions
ADA signs are required in all businesses that are open to the public, regardless of business size. It includes retail stores, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and more. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires these signs to be present to provide accessibility in all public establishments.
All businesses should have ADA signs. However, not all signs need to follow ADA requirements. This is applicable only for signs placed in permanent rooms or areas used for more than 7 days within your establishment. Signs for these areas need to follow a set of guidelines to be considered ADA-compliant.
ADA signs are required to follow specific design guidelines. This includes tactile text and characters, high-contrast colors, grade II braille, and the like. Some also need to include universal pictograms and should be placed in specific locations. All these ensure that a person with a disability can navigate space freely and safely.
ADA signs should be mounted to the wall on the latch side of the door. It should be placed no lower than 48 inches and no higher than 60 inches from the floor. If there is no space on the latch side of the door, it should be placed on the nearest adjacent wall.
ADA signs create a more accessible and inclusive environment for people with disabilities. These signs allow them to have the information they need to navigate spaces safely and confidently. This ensures that everyone has equal access to any building or public space in Orange County.