New business ventures can be both thrilling and scary. There are so many things to plan and consider before you reach the point when you open the doors to the public. If you’re in the planning stage of your new business, you might be wondering what type of sign will best suit your company. And that’s extremely important! As a leader in business signs in the San Diego area, we know what works, what doesn’t work and what’s essential. For instance, do you know what ADA signs are and their importance in today’s society? If not, consider this your lucky day. We’ve put together a short list of Q&As about these important notifications.
What does ADA stand for and why is it important?
Although we all hear about ADA signs all of the time, some people are still confused by what the term actually means. ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is a civil rights law enacted in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on disability. So, if you own a business, ADA-compliant signs are essential since they ensure safety and convenience for your customers, employees and everyone who visits your place of business.
Where do I place my ADA-compliant signs?
It is estimated that more than 54 million Americans have some form of disability. In order to provide safe access to everyone, businesses are required to use ADA-compliant signs in permanent rooms and any areas that pertain to the safety of occupants of their buildings. Carefully placing these signs in your business makes it accessible to all and allows the disabled to easily locate and use office suites, restrooms, elevators, front desk areas, stairwells, closets, classrooms and more.
Are there requirements for ADA-compliant signs?
Actually, yes. When it comes to ADA-compliant signs, there are federal regulations regarding sign size, font, lettering, spacing, Braille standards, mounting, placement, color, finish and contrast. Information on these guidelines can be found in more detail on the ADA.gov website. The signage team at C.P. Richards Signs is very familiar with these regulations and can design your ADA-compliant signs with the proper standards in mind whenever you need them.
Must I include ADA-compliant signs in my building?
Yes. It’s the law—and you’ll be glad you did it, too! ADA-compliant signs put disabled customers at ease. Just knowing they have guidance, direction and proper accommodations lets them know you care. That’s a great first impression—and the right thing to do!
As your new business prepares to launch, don’t forget that your professional signage is what brings customers through your doors. At C.P. Richards, we have over 70 years of expertise creating all types of signs—from custom graphics for your San Diego company to custom banners, vehicle wraps, ADA-compliant signs and more. We guarantee that our precise attention to detail and expert sign workmanship will make your business stand head and shoulders above the competition.