This year marks the 27th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. As a business, there are a lot of ways that you can show your support for America’s workers with disabilities. Now more than ever, businesses need people who are able to adapt in different situations and circumstances. On a daily basis, individuals with disabilities have to think creatively to solve everyday challenges that they may face. This ability to find solutions helps them think strategically which makes them a valuable asset to your business.

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. This was set forth in 1990 and protects any individual from being discriminated against including but not limited to job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

Required from Employers

All employers with fifteen or more employees are required to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. These accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Making existing facilities used by employees accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities such as wheelchair ramps or handicap accessible bathroom stalls.
  • Job restructuring or modifying work schedules
  • For a deaf inada_sample_layered-300x291dividual, a sign language interpreter may need to present during the interview process

ADA Compliant Signage

ada_sample_custom_shape-300x218Most American’s think of braille signage when referring to compliant ADA signage. But the sign standards in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, require much more than just braille and raised characters on some signs. Any sign marking a permanent room or space of a facility, including exits, or directional signage must follow the requirements set forth in the ADA. Marketing signs, temporary signs, company logos, and names do not have to comply.

ADA Signage Requirements

The rules that all signs must follow are pretty simple. Any signs that are required to be compliant must not contain glare backgrounds or characters. There is an exemption for signs that in the parking lot or any other traffic signage. Glare and reflection cause problems with individuals with vision impairments, particularly the elderly.

All ADA signs must contain easy to read fonts. Directional and informational signs can use both upper and lower case letters and simple serif fonts. Font sizes are considered based on the distance of the signs location to the prospective reader. All signs depicting a location are to be located adjacent to the door they identify with so they can be located by the functionally blind.

As an employer, it is beneficial to ensure all signage that you are posting around your facility meets ADA standards. Signarama is an industry leader in providing attractive and compliant ADA signs for businesses around the country. Our ADA experts can recommend the best method and solution to fit your unique needs. Contact us today!

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Summer is coming to close. Fourth of July is behind us and the holiday months are coming up. This means that our summer products will be stuck on the shelves until next year, right? Not necessarily. There are ways to entice your customers to buy more products from your store regardless of the season. Whatever […]

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Empty Window or Attractive Advertising Space?

by Alicia Peregory September 5, 2015 business signs

Operating a successful retail business that attracts customers and drives sales requires attractive signage. Quality signs are easy and effective at driving foot traffic and communicating with customers what your store offers and where to find products. But it doesn’t make sense to keep all of the signage within the store itself. Windows are a […]

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