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. Interested in ADA enforcement? Learn more about how ADA enforcement is increasing.