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Where To Post Handicap Bathroom Signs

As with many that are found in public buildings, handicap bathroom signs are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA.  This is important to anyone who may be erecting this type of placard because there are specifications that must be met concerning what is displayed, how it is displayed, and where it is placed on the door and other areas that direct traffic to it. 

Because there are individuals who must use braille lettering to be able to read handicap bathroom signs, they must be placed at a level where they can be accessible to everyone.  They must also include braille on the surface so that people who are visually impaired can still read them by touch.  The placement is important because braille is read through touch, and so it must be in a location where they can easily be reached.

Handicap bathroom signs are also required to display the international symbols for male and female.  These symbols are known worldwide.  This type of display is for those who may not know the language that is native to the country, such as English in the United States.  While these individuals may not be able to read “women” on the door, they will know that the symbol depicts a woman, and so that is the proper restroom for females.  The same, of course, can be said for men.

There are also specific designations for the type of font that is used on handicap bathroom signs.  It must be a certain height and a certain type of font.  The placards can only be certain colors as well.  There are also designations for what the background color can be in contrast to the color of the lettering or the font.  The idea is that handicap bathroom signs should be clear, concise and easy to read for everyone.  This varies slightly from state to state but is easily found with a little research or by asking for a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines concerning placards. 

There are also different types of rest areas that need special placards such as those that allow for assisted family members to come in with a person who has a disability.  This was made possible so that daughters who are caring for their fathers or a male home health nurse who might be caring for a disabled woman can enter the room.  It gives them a place where they can both legally be in the same rest area without a gender designation.  There are some that are simply designated as family rest areas where the entire family may use the same facility without a restriction against one gender or the other.  This particular facility arrangement is becoming more and more popular as time goes on.

It is important for a builder or for a building owner to remember that there are ADA compliance issues that need to be kept in mind when erecting these placards.  There are state and federal guidelines that must be met in order to be in compliance.  Any company that offers the services of designing these placards will know about these guidelines.

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