Regulation-based signage like the ADA and AODA will continue to have an impact on businesses. Accessibility is starting to become the law in most provinces, and some cities have already implemented bylaws requiring signage for the blind and visually impaired.
SSK Signs is your source for ADA and AODA custom signs Toronto. We wanted to give you an overview of these regulations, what types of signs and places they apply to, and ultimately what it all means for your business.
In 1990, the U.S. Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Decades in the making, the Act was an historic landmark in progressive and inclusive legislation. While it’s been revised and expanded many times over the years, the basic principle of the ADA remains unchanged: all persons should have equal access to resources and buildings, and businesses must make the necessary accommodations. Custom ADA signs are one of these accommodations.
In Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was enacted in 2005. Many municipalities have also created their own by-laws and local requirements for accessibility, including custom ADA signs.
Virtually any business can benefit from improving accessibility for their visitors, customers, and staff. Some of the most common types of custom ADA signs include:
- Raised text. These signs feature regular Roman characters, but the characters are raised off the surface of the sign. This tactile feedback allows those with visual impairments to better read the characters.
- Icons and graphics. Universal symbols for facilities such as stairs and bathrooms quickly communicate key information to those who may not be able to read alphabetical characters. They can also be of great use in case of a language barrier.
- Braille signs. Braille is an entire system of characters that’s designed to be read through touch alone. It’s a critical tool for people with substantial or total visual impairment.
Significance of ADA Signs
Whether you are just starting up or running a well-established organization, it is vital for a business owner to be fully aware of the ADA guidelines. It shows that you are following the law and do not discriminate against people facing disabilities. The government conducts regular checks to ensure that all required signs are following the AODA guidelines. If found otherwise, you may get a warning to replace the signs first and failing to act upon that can attract hefty penalties.
On the other hand, if your office or store is well marked with custom AODA signs, it makes it convenient for the visitors to navigate. This also provides a business opportunity as people facing disabilities often try to shop from places where they can move around with ease. This also makes a positive impact on your brand and the customers see your brand as reliable and trustworthy.
ADA/AODA Signs are used in common spaces, such as:
- Lobbies and reception areas.
- Office, conference room, and boardroom doors.
- Open common areas, such as food courts.
- Elevators and stairwells.
- Hotel/apartment doors.
Do All Business Signs Need To Be ADA Compliant?
That’s not the case. There are many signs in a facility that need not follow the ADA guidelines. Signs that display company name and logo, address signs, signs for advertising purposes, signs which are not placed in public areas, emergency exit signs, temporary signs are few signs that do not need to follow ADA guidelines. However, for a better interior décor, it is recommended to keep all interior signs the same to have a thematic effect.
We are your source for braille signs and custom signs, Toronto and the surrounding areas. SSK Signs is located in Mississauga and supports businesses in the GTA including Vaughan, Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, and Oakville.