We have a lot of laughs around the ol’ blog, but today, we’d like to address something serious. Facilities throughout Vancouver need to be easily accessible to people of all abilities. There are many reasons for this. First of all, it’s just cruel to discriminate against people because they’re handicapped. Secondly, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires you to accommodate everyone. If you fail to do so, you’re leaving yourself open to complaints, lawsuits, loss of sales, and stern looks from us.
Are You ADA Compliant?
Some of the standards covered in the ADA apply to the signage you use. Fortunately, the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions know all about ADA signs for Vancouver, WA offices. Here are some markers you may want to consider:
ADA Braille Restroom Signs – When most people think of interior ADA signs, these restroom signs come to mind. We have dozens of high-contrast standard color combinations in non-glare acrylic or other materials. In addition to the standard men’s and women’s signs, we can also fabricate gender neutral restroom signs and the updated active handicap symbol.
Area of Rescue Signs – Living in the Pacific Northwest, there’s always the threat of “the Big One” hitting. Even if the Big One never comes, there’s the potential for minor emergencies. When your building needs to be evacuated and elevators aren’t an option, do rescue workers know where to go to help handicapped people in the building? Set up areas of refuge in your facility, and denote these areas with ADA signs.
Accessible Amenities – Many venues have different access points for people in wheelchairs or for those with mobility issues. How do differently-abled individuals know where to go? One way to guide them is with handicapped accessible directional signs. This is also helpful for guiding the way to various other amenities.
And, the list goes on. This is by no means a comprehensive list. We’re just giving you a little primer.
Do All Signs Need to Be ADA Compliant?
Nope. The ADA requirements only cover permanent rooms. For example, if you build an elaborate fort in your office out of boxes, you don’t need to have signage identifying it. Unless, you keep the fort there permanently and use it as the company break room. However, if you were to change the use of the room to a storage closet or copy room, it wouldn’t be covered by the guidelines.
Of course, it’s always helpful to everyone involved if you do label your meeting rooms, offices, break rooms, and so on. And, we have changeable sign systems that make it easy for you to do so.
“So, what are the characteristics of an ADA sign?” We’re glad you asked. Basically, your markers should be high-contrast and non-glare and feature tactile symbols and words. You should also incorporate Braille. The ADA has specific definitions for all of these characteristics, but we won’t bore you with that information.
Essentially, if you’re unsure about whether you have the right ADA signs for Vancouver, WA offices, you should give us a call. Our mighty sign makers are well-versed on the regulations and can perform a site survey to figure out what’s needed. For a free consultation, contact SGS today!