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Guidelines For Restroom Signs

Everywhere a person goes, they can see different kinds of signage to direct them, including restroom signs.   While many people are able to simply walk up and read the label and know what the place is used for, many physically impaired people do not have that luxury.  Some people may be in a wheel chair, or handicapped in some other sort of way, such as being blind, and many of these conditions may make it harder to identify this type of area.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has taken this under consideration and has made a set of guidelines that must be followed when placing restroom signs and other informational labels in a public building.
The ADA wasn’t the first group of people that has tried to accommodate for those with disabilities. Before the ADA, though, there were just too many different variations around, and none of them became standard.  By having many different styles and looks, people got confused rather easily.  That is when the ADA stepped in and made a specific set of rules and regulations when it comes to making restroom signs.  This helped make all public buildings have a more uniform look when it comes to labeling.
To ensure that everything would become standard for every public building, the set of regulations had to be precise.  A few things could be different, but the overall look needed to be easy to recognize.  One of the main things that must be seen is whether or not the area is wheelchair accessible.  If it is, there needed to be a symbol that would quickly be noticed by everyone.  The ADA decided on the blue background with the international symbol of a person in a wheelchair.  These types of restroom signs are placed in a location where they can be seen from quite a distance.  Other than stating if it is wheelchair accessible or not, there is also a universal symbol to show if the area is for men, women, or both.
The style of lettering must be Sans Serif for all signage of this type.   This is a simple font that allows for an easy read, rather than making it difficult for those with visual impairments to identify clearly.  This text must not be any smaller than ⅝ of an inch or bigger than two inches. Another feature that these placards will usually have with them is a translation of the text in Braille, in which the ADA requires it to be a grade 2 translation.  The material used for restroom signs needs to be non-glare.  This will make it much easier for the public, especially the visually impaired, to see them. 

These types of placards must be placed at a specific location around the doors of the area.  Once again, this is so that people will not have any trouble seeing or finding them.  They need to be on the right side of the door, or on the door itself.  The efforts of the ADA have helped people with physical limitations easily spot each individual area without being confused in any way.

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