ADA compliant signage is a requirement for many public spaces. This is to help individuals with disabilities have equal opportunity within spaces and have necessary accommodations. Custom ADA compliant signage can also be a part of your company’s brand image or look, while providing an inclusive space to those with disabilities. Read on as we look at what ADA is and how you can integrate it into your business.
What Is ADA?
ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act, which was established in 1990 to protect persons with disabilities from discrimination. This act was created with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in mind. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protected against discrimination of people based on race, religion, color, national origin, or sex. This, however, did not include people with disabilities.
After ADA was established in 1990, Title ll (state and local government services) and Title lll (public accommodations and commercial facilities) were added in 1991. Revisions were then made in 2010-2016 and finalized in 2017, which is now the act we follow to date.
Title l – Employment
Title l states that people with disabilities are given equal opportunity to employment and benefits as those without disabilities. This is applicable to companies with 15 or more employees. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations so that the employee can do their job without difficulty.
Title ll – Public Services: State and Local Governments
Title ll states that public entities (state and local government agencies) cannot discriminate due to disabilities. Public entities are required to make services accessible to those with disabilities with reasonable accommodations and planning.
Title lll – Public Accommodations and Services Operated by Private Entities
Title lll explains that places with public accommodations are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. This includes privately owned or operated spaces – like restaurants, hotels, schools, movie theaters, etc.
Title lV – Telecommunications
Title lV requires internet and telephone companies to provide a system that allows persons with speech or hearing disabilities to communicate over a phone. This, also, requires closed captions to be on federally funded public service announcements.
Title V – Miscellaneous Provisions
Title V provides a list of provisions that relate to ADA. This title, also, provides a list of conditions that may not be considered as disabilities but still require accommodations.
Creating Custom ADA Compliant Signage
Now that we have laid out the Titles and the requirements within them, there are also design and placement requirements. If your business does not comply with the ADA act, you are vulnerable to lawsuits and fines. Additionally, non-compliance creates reduced inclusivity within your business.
The first step is to evaluate if the room is temporary or permanent. A temporary room can change function within a week of setup. For these types of rooms, custom ADA compliant signage is not required.
If the room is not easily moveable, then the room is permanent. These types of rooms are required to comply with signage. An example of this is an exit sign out of the building, as well as a fire route and stairwell signage.
Size and Font
The font must be easily readable and be sans serif. No decorative elements should be added to the font. Lettering should be uppercase on the sign. The height of the wording should be a minimum of 5/8 inch and maximum of two inches.
The placement of ADA compliant signage is a very broad category. There are regulations for mounting height, mounting locations, overhead signs, projecting signs, and installation. We have provided all the requirements for installing ADA signage. We take care of the requirements while still meeting our client’s needs.
Rockwall Hightech Signs can provide custom ADA compliant signage that will blend right in with your company’s image. We help make sure our clients in the Rockwall area meet all the requirements laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact us today if you are in the Rockwall area and your company needs custom ADA compliant signage.