In the United States, the wide sweeping change to adopt a standard for braille signs came about as a result of the Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush. The Americans With Disabilities Act regulates accessibility and is specific to signage that is easy to read visually and through tactile touch. SIGNARAMA is an industry leader in providing approved and attractive ADA signs. Our expertise at identifying and assessing your company's needs for these mandated sign systems is your gain. We can arrange to do a site survey and evaluate your signage for compliance to ADA local and federal rules. SIGNARAMA ADA sign solutions can be as simple as replacing/adding to your existing ADA signage or creating a program to start from scratch. We have that all ready for you!
The Americans With Disabilities Act calls for certain guidelines to be met for tactile & braille ADA compliant signs. They are as follows:
- Grade 2 braille must be used for the tactile or touchable component of the ADA compliant signs. SIGNARAMA uses Grade 2 braille for our ADA signage.
- Appearance and finish - All braille signs from SIGNARAMA are intended to comply with ADA regulations with regards to the correct colors, using matte and non-gloss finishes. High color contrast is also a requirement we are very familiar with at SIGNARAMA. We make sure your braille sign products are all in-line with these requirements.
- All typefonts used on braille signs must be approved. At SIGNARAMA, we know the font, size, and readabilty guidlelines. We adhere to them on your behalf to insure compliance and maximum visibility.
- Pictograms are the graphics allowed on braille ADA etched or engraved signs. They have to be a certain height and their placement on the sign is also improtant. Our experts make easy work of this on a routine basis!
- Inserts and changeable copy can be present on ADA signs and braille interpretations for those words need not be included on the sign. We have a wide array of braille sign products and systems that allow for flexibility and still meet the governmental standards.
- Sign Placement - Braille signs for the ADA standard require specific measurement and positioning in a workplace. SIGNARAMA's site survey and installation is right on target with these important components of the ADA law.
Businesses and common spaces of all types are required to adhere to the ADA sign rules. This includes but is not limited to schools, offices, warehouses, manufacturing, medical centers, transportation centers, entertainment venues, theaters, health and fitness centers, retail shopping, restaurants, hotels and hospitality, and more. We are very experienced in assisting business owners with their ADA compliance. Trust SIGNARAMA to be your guide through the regulations and requirements for your business.
ADA signs are ordinarily made of plastic, weatherproof acrylic or metal. Wood can also be used, but most newer implementations shy from wood over the other more popular materials. The braille component is made in a number of ways, either inlaid or applied. Inlaid braille is a process involving two pieces of material, one computer or router engraved and the other serving as the contrasting color for visibilty. Applied braille is a process by which raised letters and braille are affixed to the surface of the sign with a high-grade adhesive. Our ADA experts at your local SIGNARAMA can recommend the best method and solution for your needs. We are very familiar with braille and raised image signs and are ready to serve you at conveniently located sign centers. Make the right call to SIGNARAMA today for all of your ADA signs needs.