The science of signage is complex, and something that is far too often, taken for granted – especially if you are blessed with 20/20 vision. There is an extremely broad spectrum between having perfect vision and being totally blind. This spectrum is what ought to be considered in dealing and complying with ADA signs. These specifics are in place for a reason. This is because one small misstep in color or font has the potential to completely throw off someone’s day and potentially cause injury.
The Americans with Disabilities Act lays out these specific requirements for signs in a way that covers an array of industries and businesses. ADA signs are a wonderful opportunity to create a more inclusive environment and a more positive experience for your customers with disabilities. ADA signs are also an important aspect to pass most inspections and saving yourself from potentially upset customers in the future which can cause problems that no business owner has time for.
Despite being incredibly valuable for patrons and essential for most inspections, ADA signs can be quite difficult to manage. This is because doing so can require understanding both the ins and outs of the regulation – a task that is both mentally exhausting and time-consuming. Because of this, there are a lot of sign companies simply do not have the knowledge or experience to deliver on ADA signs that are aligned with the latest standards. At Georgetown Sign Company, we have the knowledge and experience that is required to deliver fully regulated ADA signs in Austin, TX. We take pride in and guarantee that all our ADA signs will pass inspection and benefit your customers, creating a more positive experience for everyone.
Most people who benefit from ADA signs are not completely blind. This means that they will not always have assistance or some way of letting you know that they are visually impaired. Often, those who are visually impaired can make their way in the world daily using ADA signs. Because of this, the mounting on ADA signs is essential in any public building, or place of business.
After all, if a door is left slightly open it could be considered a hazard, so too could a visually impaired person not being able to find the necessary markers and signs in a new place. Not being able to find the necessary information could cause them to be injured or get lost at no fault of their own. Because of this, those who read through touch must be able to reach the necessary signs without being put in harm’s way.
When it comes to ADA signs, the font is one variable that must be taken into consideration. There are some styles of fonts that are easier to read than others. The letters are clearer, and their shapes are easy to follow for those with vision problems but cannot read braille. It is important to understand that not everyone who is blind can read and understand braille. Some may have never been given the chance or the opportunity to learn it. While others may fall into the category of “legally blind”. This means they likely have difficulty reading but are not at the level of necessarily needing to rely on braille signs. By implementing easy-to-read, raised fonts those who are unfamiliar with braille can still use their fingers to decipher letters if necessary.
Now, if you have perfect vision, it can be challenging to understand the issues that people without it face every day. Things like being able to make out certain numbers and letters if the font color and the background are too close in color. Factors like this can make it hard for someone who is visually impaired to read and make sense of what they are seeing. Even people who have 20/20 vision are naturally sensitive to specific wavelengths of light, so just imagine how difficult it is for someone who doesn’t have perfect vision or any of the 300 million people in the world who are colorblind.
If you would like to find out more about our ADA signs and products, please feel free to give us a call. Our designers and ADA sign experts would love to work alongside you and recommend the best solution for your specific situation in Austin, Texas.