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Types Of Handicap Signs And Where To Put Them

The Americans with Disabilities Act formed the foundation of what type of handicap signs need to be displayed at various points in public businesses, state, and federal buildings.  There are hundreds of different types for different situations.  ADA handicap signs must be placed in every building, to include schools and public facilities.

Some of these are seen outside as well.  The wheelchair symbol can be found in parking lots along with the metal posting in the front of the space.  There are automatic buttons that can be accessed by a physically disabled person to open doors for them on the inside and on the outside of many buildings and stores.  Those, too, will dawn the wheelchair symbol on them.  All three of these are typically recognized as being in a medium blue color backdrop, and the picture and lettering is in white.

All wording for ADA handicap signs must be large enough for an average person to be able to recognize them from a distance.  There are many federal and state regulations that business owners, private and public, must adhere too.  Directional postings that are placed on the walls and doors will often have braille writings under the wording or symbol.  Many of the postings are required to use reflective paint to display the picture gram and writing.  This will assist to enable those that are visually impaired.  Restroom door and wall placards are another symbol that is universally recognized.  Some of these placards may say men, women, eyewash, or even shower.  They can have the wheelchair accessible symbol on it with braille under the symbol.  Utility postings can say electric room, mechanical room, storage, or even janitor's closet.  Any building or parking garage that is more than a single story will have stairs.  There are several styles to choose from.  They can just say stair, exit, or roof access.  Custom placards can also come with level number and arrows.

There are many different wayfinding handicap signs to assist those with disabilities.  Some will state the direction in which they must go to gain a wheelchair accessible entrance while others will state just the opposite, no wheelchair access.  More wayfinding signage would be for the elevators, stairs or for a wheelchair ramp. 

ADA window decals, ask for assistance placards, or no pets allowed except for registered assistance dogs can be found in many public, state, and federal buildings.  Other placards that can be seen with braille are the red and white Automated External Defibrillator or AED placards, pull in case of fire posting, ADA compliant assistive listening devices available, or simply, no smoking wall placards.

ADA photoluminescent postings are specially engineered to have Grade 2 Braille, tactile text, images and symbols, along with the fact that they are made from a plastic that will glow in total darkness after being exposed to light.  These luminous ADA handicap signs do not require the changing of any batteries or the use of electrical power.  This can be very helpful during an emergency situation for all occupants in the building.

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