ADA Signs

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has defined specific requirements for buildings accessible to the general public. Most people think ADA signage is synonymous with braille signs, however, the sign standards require much more than just braille and raised characters on some signs.

Some of the sign guidelines benefit people who are blind and visually impaired, with mobility impairments or hearing impairments, are deaf, have problems speaking, or have cognitive disabilities.

All signs must have:
• non-glare backgrounds and characters
• letter to background color contrast of 70%
• sans serif lettering in upper case accompanied by Grade 2 braille
• minimum letter height of .625 inches
• 6″ x 6″ area for international symbols of wheelchair, ear, keyboard and phone
• positioned 60″ above floor to centerline of sign

Signs for advertising and marketing purposes, temporary signs, company logos and names are examples of signs or sections of signs that do not have to comply.