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5 Most Frequently Asked Questions about ADA Sign Compliance

Aug 19th 2019

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions about ADA Sign Compliance

It is easy to get overwhelmed by the flood of information regarding ADA Compliance. Here’s just a few of our most-asked questions about the complex topic of ADA signage, rounded up and made simple just for you!

What are ADA Signs?

Contrary to popular belief, ADA Signs do not only refer to signs posted in Braille, but rather any signage designed to communicate information or accessibility to disabled citizens. Those may include anything from easy-to-read informational signs for the visually impaired, to signs indicating where ramps are located, or that a certain restroom is wheelchair-accessible.

When was the ADA Signed Into Law?

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26th, 1990. Since then, various regulations have been updated and standards adapted to include the most up-to-date standards for accessibility.

Where are ADA Exit Signs Required?

In a nutshell, everywhere that is an exit. ADA requirements state that any “means of egress” must be indicated. As far as exit sign placement goes, ADA signage should always be on the latch side of the door, although you may choose to have a visual exit sign above the door separately from a Braille sign next to the door.

What are the ADA Stairwell Sign Requirements?

Tactile signage is required next to each door within a stairwell. They should be placed on the latch side, at five feet above the landing. Signage should be visible when the door is open or closed. It is also important to remember that stairwell signage must include the direction of — and how many stories to — the main exit of the building, as well as indicate roof access.

Do Outdoor Signs Need Braille?

Per current ADA standards, outdoor signs are not officially required to have Braille or raised lettering. In fact, many outdoor signs (building addresses, parking signs, etc) are not required to be ADA compliant at all. The only places Braille signage is required are designating rooms that are considered “permanent spaces.” This includes exit signs, areas of refuge signs, and floor identification signs.


No matter the issue, we are here to help you find the right sign to fit your needs! For all of your ADA questions and compliance needs, just visit us at ADA Central, and let’s get you started off on the right foot.