As a business owner, you do understand the importance of complying with different regulations. One of the very important requirements has to do with signage. The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA signage is a requirement for all businesses. Based on ADA.gov, “Businesses that serve the public must modify policies and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities; comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities; remove barriers in existing facilities where readily achievable; and provide auxiliary aids and services when needed to ensure effective communication with people who have hearing, vision, or speech impairments. All businesses, even those that do not serve the public, must comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities.” Click HERE to learn more.
The ADA list of mandatory signage includes:
- indoor and outdoor signs for all restrooms
- ADA exits and emergency exit signs
- Parking facilities
- Handicap parking signs
- Elevator signs
- Stairwell Signs
- Entryway signs
- Danger zone signs
- Crosswalk signs
- And more…
You, as a business owner or property manager, are responsible to ensure that you are meeting the ADA signage requirements and standards. ADA signs are necessary for schools, businesses, construction zones and public areas. That being said, it is crucial to keep in mind that being required to comply with the ADA signage standards does not mean not taking into consideration your branding elements. Every sign, indoor and/or outdoor, should be consistent and should represent an extension of your existing branding efforts.