How to get an A+ on your ADA signs – A Checklist for ADA Compliance

Posted on February 18, 2014

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities that are like those provided to individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion.It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA also outlines a comprehensive list of requirements for signage. Unfortunately, those bland, gray signs with black text and braille you see so many places may cramp your style or scheme. Compliance with signage standards set forth in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) is compulsory and must be observed. Below is a checklist to get you headed in the right direction without losing your signage style.

ADA Requirements Checklist for ADA Compliance & Disability Signs:

  • Signage Finish and Contrast
    • Non-glare finish
    • Contrasting background and characters
  • Signage Tactile Character Depth
    • Raised a minimum of 0.8 mm from background
  • Signage Type & Character Form
    • Uppercase
    • Sans serif type
    • Height of 16 mm – 51 mm
    • Width of 55% – 110% of character height
    • Stroke thickness of 10% – 15% of character height
  • Signage Character Spacing
    • 3 mm – 10 mm
  • Signage Type Line Spacing
    • 135% – 170% of character height
  • Signage Raised Borders and Elements
    • 9.5 mm minimum from tactile characters
  • Signage Braille
    • Grade II braille accompanies tactile characters
    • Domed or rounded shape
    • Below corresponding text
    • 9.5 mm minimum from tactile characters, raised elements, or borders
  • Signage Pictograms
    • 150 mm minimum height
  • Signage Mounting Height
    • Tactile = 1220 mm – 1525 mm above ground surface
    • Visual = 1015 mm minimum above ground surface
    • Braille = 1015 – 1525 mm above ground surface
  • Signage Mounting Location
    • Adjacent to latch side of door

ADAAG signage standards differ slightly for permanent room identification signs where separate tactile and visual characters are provided and for directional and informational signs. Temporary information signs such as those containing building directories, menus, or the current occupant’s name are not required for ADA Compliance. To learn more about ADA sign requirements and how they impact your custom graphics project, contact a trained graphics professional at Image360.

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