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ADA Signs: A Starting Place

Posted by Matt Hannam on Nov 19th 2015

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Why all the fuss about ADA Compliance?

In a tough economy, why should businesses add ADA compliant signs in their facilities? Legal requirements aside, I think it's a fair question. And I hear it all the time.

Here's the short answer: it's the right thing to do. Here’s a fact courtesy of the Department of Justice.

Approximately 2.5 million Americans are legally blind (this is defined by visual acuity less than 20/200). Our intended users are at or below this threshold, even with corrective lenses. There are also millions more who suffer from limited vision caused by glaucoma or oracular degeneration. That’s a big number. In the sign industry, especially the ADA-complaint side, I’ve found it’s better to focus on the end users than the government’s mandates. Collectively as a society, as business owners, facility managers, architects, etc, we should approach this area with diligence and creativity.

It is the right thing to do.