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    Posted on: June 27, 2017
    Posted by: Graphicworks Staff

    The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, has certain requirements for signage, particularly signs that indicate locations or directions. Complying with these regulations can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Luckily for you, this blog post is all about ADA signs and how to design and install them so that people with disabilities can get around your building easily. Interested in learning more? Well, read on!

    ADA Compliance Tip #1: Raised Letters

    The first aspect of an ADA sign is raised letters. This helps people with vision impairments read your sign. This also can help people with dyslexia, because the raised letters are easier to see at a distance and thus decipher.

    ADA Compliance Tip #2: Braille

    Another important feature that all ADA signs must have is Braille. Braille is a language made of raised bumps or dots that allows people who are visually impaired to read your sign with their fingers. This cannot just be in place of the raised letters, or vice versa. Both must be present for a sign to be ADA compliant.

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    ADA Compliance Tip #3: Font Choices

    You should be careful when choosing a font for your ADA sign. Some fonts are harder for people with dyslexia to read, so choose a sans-serif font with clean lines and good spacing between the letters. This will allow your sign to be easily read.

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    ADA Compliance Tip #4: Good Contrast

    Another critical aspect of any ADA compliant sign is good dark-to-light contrast and vice versa. If your sign has low contrast, it will be harder to read for people with vision impairments as well as those with dyslexia.

    ADA Compliance Tip #5: Letter Size

    It is also important to make sure that your lettering is the right size for your ADA sign. It is better to go larger as it will help people see your sign.

    ADA Compliance Tip # 6: Colors

    Along with contrast and letter size, choosing the right colors for your signage is critical. If you choose two colors that appear to blend in together (low contrast), people with vision impairments will not be able to read your sign. If the colors appear to “vibrate” together (think about green letters on a red background), it will also be difficult to read.

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    Get Your ADA Signs Now

    Since you’ve learned more about what goes into creating an ADA compliant sign, once you’ve decided what you need, give Graphicworks Sign Company a call. We’re your one-stop shop for ADA signs. Contact us today to get a free quote.

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