What are ADA-Compliant Signs?

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal civil rights law that was passed in 1990. It prohibits discrimination based on disability. The ADA has inspired subsequent federal, state, and local laws. ADA laws require businesses in Detroit, and everywhere else in Michigan to have ADA signs.

These signs must include several characteristics to comply with all ADA regulations, which relate to the materials, finish, images, letters, text, and placement within your business. The goal is to ensure all individuals can access your offerings, navigate your facility, and feel welcome in your business with the help of ADA signs.

While supporting people in your business is the main objective, so is having compliant signs. When your signs abide by all regulations, you protect your business from any penalties associated with non-compliant signage.

Understandably, being well-versed in ADA guidelines is not every business owner’s strength. That’s where the professional team at SignScapes can support you in designing, crafting, and installing ADA-compliant signs for your business.

Uses of ADA & Restroom Signs

ADA signs are designed such that they can be read even by people with visual disabilities. There are several areas of your business where you may need signs, such as the parking lot, entrance areas, elevators, restrooms, and more. Further, there are some areas where signs may not be required by law but are still recommended to enhance an individual’s on-site experience.

Allow us to guide you in determining the braille signs, ADA office signs, and additional signs your business requires — as well as recommend additional signs that will improve the visitor experience. When creating a welcoming, accessible business space, you want to ensure you’re taking all the steps to support everyone. Put your trust in our well-trained, knowledgeable team to plan, design, craft, and install all the custom ADA signs you need.

Types of ADA and Braille Signs

ADA signs have large text. Placement, font type and size, and color schemes are all key to visibility and legibility. Braille is also an important aspect of ADA signs.

There are several types of signs available, including:

  • ADA Signs with Braille: Help individuals with visual impairments read signs by incorporating Braille.
  • ADA Restrooms Signs: Let individuals in your business know where to find the restrooms.
  • ADA Parking Signs: Clearly identify which parking spaces are designated for individuals with accessibility challenges.
  • ADA Directional Signs: Make it easy for individuals to navigate their way around your business.

During your consultation, we’ll discuss all the sign types available, including exit signs, door signs, and much more. Our team will walk you through how each sign type contributes to fostering an inclusive space and collaborate on developing a signage strategy that will organize all the signs you require.

We will also discuss options for customizing your ADA signs, which help represent your business and showcase your branding. Branded signs can set your business apart by displaying a one-of-a-kind style and fostering a unique experience.

Custom ADA Signage Requirements & Ordering

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are over a million blind people living in the USA. If you factor in all types of impairment, there are between three and four million Americans with a visual disability of some kind. According to the National Federation of the Blind, there are about 129,800 people in Michigan who have a visual disability. SignScapes can make effective ADA signs for your business in Detroit Heights, or nearby in Michigan.

You can count on our team for effective, compliant ADA signs near you. If you’re overwhelmed by the various sign options and regulations, be sure to reach out to us. Our signage specialists are experts in their field, so you can rely on them for complete support. From the initial consultation to the final installation, we will take care of your entire signage experience.

Benefits of Choosing Us for ADA Signs in Detroit, MI

ADA signs are about helping people, but they also help you. Not having ADA signs could result in receiving hefty fines. Each state and municipality can have their own ADA regulations; SignsScapes can tell you what signs you need to be compliant in a place like Detroit Heights. To learn more, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is an act that ensures people with disabilities are afforded the same rights as everybody else. It not only makes your business look responsible and welcoming (because you are making accommodations, so everyone feels comfortable), but in most businesses, they are required by law.

ADA signs must be installed in specific locations and at a specific height. Most ADA signs have to be a minimum of 48 inches from the floor to the bottom letter on the sign and have to be on the right-hand side of every door. There are a lot of regulations you must be aware of when installing ADA signs, all of which you can refer to here. Refer to the ADA guide to accessibility standards for everything you need to know.

Yes, and this will change depending on the size of the actual sign. It should be noted that although most ADA signs require braille, not all of them do.

ADA signs must be on the wall adjacent to the door, on the latch/handle side (typically the right-hand side). The only time you would put an ADA sign on a door would be to label an accessible washroom, or in a situation where there is a double-door entrance/exit and one of the doors is inactive. In that situation, you can put ADA signs on a door.

No, but the vast majority of them do. Hanging signs, for example, that have a height requirement of hanging 80 inches, from the floor to the bottom of the sign, do not require braille.

Bathroom signs go both on the door, to label them as accessible washrooms, but there also needs to be an ADA sign on the wall adjacent to the door, on the latch side.

Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, and Tahoma are all ADA-compliant. The style guide indicates that the font must be sans serif.

Most ADA signs are printed on plastic or acrylic and last for 4-6 years.

It depends on what business you run, but almost every business requires ADA-compliant signage by law. If you run a brick-and-mortar shop or business and are open to the public, you need ADA signs.

An ADA sign is any sign that has to do with people with disabilities. This means handicap parking signs, handicap washroom signs, and ADA braille signs that are required at all doors or whenever there is a change of environment so blind people are aware of their surroundings.

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