Invented in France in the 1800s, Braille is a system of dots than can be felt by those who are blind or have low vision and are unable to read traditional signs. Braille is not a language, but a code — an important code — that, to this day, provides literacy for all, no matter what language you speak.
For business owners, the practice of installing braille signs are more than a nice way to help employees acclimate to a new environment, or a way to help low-vision visitors find a conference room. It’s the law.
The American Disabilities Act, or ADA, mandates certain requirements for workplace accommodations (which may seem intimidating to new business owners, at first, but we are here to help).
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Where to begin?
Any room in your work facility that isn’t likely to change should have braille signage. Some examples: a restroom, a vending-machine area or a supply closet. If you have rooms that are likely to change function periodically, you are not required to have braille signage (though it’s still helpful for blind or low-vision employees and clients).
Once you’ve established where braille signs should go and what they should say, their installation needs expert attention. They can’t be hung too high or too low, or in the wrong locations. Local fire codes may have size requirements if the signs are inside a stairwell. As a full-service sign company, we guide clients through this phase of work as well.
Whether a new business or an office that is moving location, these transitions can be chaotic. Braille signs are an area where many business owners rely on our experience.
Providing businesses with a lit, exterior sign is one thing — navigating and guiding them through ADA business compliance is another — but both are services we are happy to fulfill. Consider Creative Signs your business and ADA-compliance partner, and give us a call today.