Support Inclusivity in Your Commercial Space
Is your commercial space up to code and inclusive with ADA-compliant signage?
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) signs are required in or outside many buildings that are open to the public to help occupants and patrons navigate bathrooms, elevators, parking spaces, exits and more.
At Sign Effects, we can create effective, easy-to-read ADA-compliant signage for your commercial space. We produce wall, ceiling and mounted ADA signs—including custom Braille signs and regulation directional graphics—for clients spanning across all industries.
What Is ADA Signage?
The Americans with Disabilities Act outlines federal laws prohibiting discrimination against or unfair treatment of individuals on the basis of disability. The legislation provides equal opportunity protection for employment, transportation, education, accessibility and other civil rights matters. The ADA also directs accommodations for public facility and commercial building access, including compliant building and room signage.
ADA signage is required for every permanent room, space or area in or around a building. The ADA outlines four categories of permanent building fixtures and therefore four general sign categories:
- Identification signs: As the most common form of ADA signage, identification signs are used to help individuals identify a specific room (“Restroom”), building zone or vital building feature (i.e. “Exit”, “Elevator”).
- Informational signs: These signs provide further context for a room or building feature. They add or clarify necessary information about the room, but, unlike identification signs, they do not name or identify the room type itself (i.e. “Employees Only,” “No Smoking”).
- Directional or wayfinding signs: Directional signs help guide visitors through your building, store or other commercial property, making it easier for them to find what they are looking for (i.e. “Restrooms This Way”).
- Overhead signs: These signs are a particular class of ADA-regulated signage that hang from ceilings or are vertically mounted on walls a minimum of 80 inches above the floor and often contain informational and directional text.
Federal laws, as well as many state and local regulations, dictate that ADA-compliant identification signs must be present to distinguish the following:
- Exits and entryways
- Emergency exits
- Accessible parking
- Passenger loading zones
- Loading docks
- Public telephones
- Fitting rooms
- Waiting rooms
- Automated teller machines (ATMs)
- Adjacent to operational machinery, industrial tools, equipment & facility controls
Ensure Your Commercial Property Is Inclusive, Easy to Navigate & More!
Installing ADA-compliant signs is not only about avoiding inspection fines and legal penalties. It’s the right thing to do. Our team at Sign Effects can help make the right thing to do also the easiest thing to do. To get started, fill out our online form or give us a call at 800.544.SIGN (7446) today!