The Americans with Disabilities act means that a business is required to make “reasonable accommodations” for people with specific kinds of disabilities such as those in a wheelchair. ADA compliant signs are something that ensures the safety of all your customers, whatever their disability may be.
The team at Signsations is supposed to help you with your ADA sign needs. This team provides the information you need as to where to place these signs in your building. ADA Signs are exempted in businesses that employ fewer than 15 people. There are also specific provisions applying to companies that provide service to the public.
7.6 million Americans have a visual disability that others can obviously see, and that disability means that 2.4% of the population has a disability. A disability is defined as having a physical impairment or an illness that causes a patient to have difficulty performing tasks that many of us can do easily. Braille print signs help visually impaired visitors and customers.
These signs help people find their way around your building. They show guests that you value their presence, as well as their business. People who feel valued are likely to come back again.
Title 3 of the ADA focuses on public and private entities that are considered to be “public accommodations,” ADA establishes 12 categories of public accommodations that include stores, shops, restaurants and bars, service establishments, theaters and hotels, private museums, doctor’s or dentist’s offices, shopping malls and other businesses.
Most businesses that serve the public are included on this list. But a business such as a private club or a religious organization is exempt as well as commercial facilities such as office buildings, factories, warehouses, or other facilities that do not provide goods or services to the public are also exempt from ADA regulations.
The ADA rules are meant to make sure that people with disabilities are included. Larger businesses with more resources are exempt from these rules because they do not serve the general public.
The ADA rules pertaining to signs are the law because, in 2010, the Department of Justice published revised regulations about accessibility standards for people with disabilities in government, commerce-oriented businesses and buildings that the general public has access. Adding ADA signs to your business needs to be used in a building that does not change function in public, such as restrooms, stairwells, closets or other areas.
A room that changes function should be labeled and can be indicated with a room number instead of a name when appropriate. It is better to have an ADA sign rather than to not have one. You could face penalties attached to your business for not having specific types of signs. New buildings constructed on or after March 15, 2012, need to be compliant with the 2010 disability access standards in place since then. ADA signs have to have specific types of fonts that do not look decorative, such as San Serif inch 5/8 or two-inch font. Braille signs must be Grade II Braille that is rounded, and this type of Braille incorporates contractions and short-form words. This Braille needs to be located directly beneath the text. An ADA approved sign has to be mounted 48 to 60 inches above the finished floor, with the only exceptions to this guideline being the tactile characters in an elevator car because overhead signs must be 80 inches above the floor to make sure it the clearance is adequate below that sign. Temporary directories and signs do not fall into these criteria, as we install signs that are right for you.