Sequoia Signs & Graphics specializes in ADA compliant signage. It is a niche area but one that we feel is very important, and not just because it is the law. We recently had the pleasure of working with 360 Fitness in Dublin, CA to design, produce and install ADA signage at their new location.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and has significant requirements that impact the signage industry. At it’s most basic, the ADA Act aims to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of life. In the sign industry, this means that all signs in publicly accessible spaces are required to have tactile lettering and braille. It also means that restrooms must be identified, accessibility needs to be identified and generally speaking, signs should be present to assist people with all disabilities and all handicaps.
Here are a few examples (excuse the pictures as work was not complete when we took these!):
1.) All signs for permanent room locations need to have tactile lettering and braille.
2.) Restroom signs are interesting in California. Did you know that California businesses can no longer have a single-stall, single-sex bathroom? Nope. Not anymore! Have you noticed that there are two signs at every door? That’s because Federal ADA law requires a sign at the latch side of the door, but California ADA law requires a geometric symbol on the door. (Circle for women, Triangle for men or Triangle on a circle for unisex.)
3.) Accessibility is also important. Every accessible entrance needs to have the international symbol of accessibility AND where an entrance in NOT accessible. The signage must clearly direct visitors to an accessible entrance or exit!
Don’t worry, these aren’t things you are expected to know! That’s why we’re here. Just ask the experts at Sequoia Signs & Graphics to ensure your business signs are compliant with ADA requirements!