A whopping 7.5 million (approximately 3 percent of Americans) are legally blind or visually impaired. ADA-compliant signs provide these individuals equal access to public spaces.
President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. This Civil Rights legislation has multiple components, and current signage requirements are set by the U.S. Department of Justice 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, chapters 216 and 703. Some states also have disability rights laws that complement the ADA. ADA compliance is enforced through complaints and civil lawsuits at the federal and sometimes state level, as well as local code inspections. Violations can result in fines and lawsuits.
While the ADA removes barriers, compliance can be confusing. This overview facilitates compliance and reaching the 3% of your market expecting ADA-compliant signs. To keep it simple, we have not included details such as braille spacing, text height and width, and font options. Know that we stay up to date on regulations and our signs comply with national regulations. Consult with your local building inspector, as necessary, about state and local ADA sign requirements.