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At Front Row Signs, we specialize in custom ADA signs and in helping businesses to get up to ADA code. If your business is not ADA compliant, or if you aren’t sure if you are currently ADA compliant, give us a call and we can help. We can come out to your place of business and give you a custom quote on what it would take to get your facilities up to code.

ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act, and is a piece of legislation that was put in place in order to help the disabled and handicapped in public spaces. The act, which was written into legislation back in the 1990s, states that all public areas have to have the proper signage displayed for all handicapped people. These types of signs include handicap signs, wheelchair signs, wheelchair accessible bathroom signs, braille signs, and more.

Here are some tips for what a good compliance sign must include.  Backgrounds and characters cannot cause glare, unless the signs are for parking or traffic. People who have vision impairments are not able to process glare or reflection very well, especially the elderly. Any signs with visual characters must have a very high light to dark or dark to light contrast between characters and background. This is why you typically see white characters on a black or navy blue background, or black characters on a white background. It should be easy to read and encompass upper and lower rules.

Placement is also important. The distance of where the sign is placed to where it is read will determine what size letter or character height should be used. Any signs identifying a room or space should be installed to the left of the area. This is because functionally blind people are able to locate doors, and expect to see a sign next to the door to tell them where to go.

If you are a business owner, you are required by law to get your business up to ADA code. Compliance is a big deal and can cost the business owner significantly if  found non-compliant. If your business or facilities aren’t ADA compliant, you could be fined up to $50,000 or more. If you have any questions about ADA signs, or are worried that your business is not up to ADA code, just give us a call or fill out our contact form and we will get back with you as soon as possible.


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