Displaying signs is a great way to convey information to people in the area. Since signs can display information in a variety of ways, they are very efficient. Most signs use words or pictures to give people the information that they need.
While this is a good start, you will also want to take further steps to ensure that those with disabilities can also get the information they need from a sign. To do this, you will want to follow best practices for ADA signs. ADA signs are signs that comply with requirements and recommendations based on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The specific requirements will depend on several different factors including what the sign is used for and where it is located. In most cases, however, you will want to make sure that your sign not only conveys information visually, but also tactically. This is most often done using braille.
There are a variety of other rules for compliance with ADA signs. Most signs need to have a non-glare background since the reflection of bright light makes things very difficult to see for those with vision impairments. Of course, this type of rule does not apply to signs that must be reflective, such as traffic signs.
ADA sign requirements also identify things like the size of lettering or pictograms that need to be used in specific environments, the colors that can be used, and much more. Taking the time to learn about all the requirements that have been established under the ADA is critical for compliance. Even if a particular best practice method is not strictly required by the ADA, you will generally still want to follow their recommendations to help keep the facility as safe as possible for everyone.
Make sure to keep up with all the latest updates and improvements to the best practices listed for ADA signs.
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