ADA SIGNAGE

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Processes

2/90 Sign Systems proudly presents our newest ADA copy application, ADA Direct Print with superior adhesion and durability.

ADA DIRECT PRINT (ADP): UV/LED-cured inks are digitally printed directly to insert material producing ADA-compliant graphics with 1/32” thick raised characters and fully domed Grade II Braille dots. Insert and substrate materials include painted ABS, PTEG, and acrylic, as well as metal, wood, and stone laminates, and more. ADP uses state-of-the-art direct to insert, 3D-printing technology, creating a bonded copy application with superior adhesion and detailed dimensional graphics.

ADA Direct Print Features:

  • UV/LED-cured dimensional 1/32” Raised characters
  • Integral color
  • Exterior grade
  • Detailed dimensional graphics with fully domed Grade II Braille
  • Suitable for a wide range of custom substrate materials
  • Sustainable process

ADP Fact Sheet

 

Is your signage ADA-compliant?

2/90 Sign Systems can help!

If a sign identifies a permanent room or space of a facility (including exits), directs, or informs about functional spaces or accessible features of the facility, it must comply with the ADA.

HISTORY: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was implemented in the early 1990s to protect the civil rights of the disabled. The intent of the law as it pertains to signage is to ensure access to goods and services by mandating identification standards including character size, color contrast, sign location, and tactile copy for readability.

The Department of Justice amended the Americans with Disabilities Act on September 15, 2010. The revisions clarify and refine issues that have arisen since its implementation over twenty years ago. These changes are referred to as “2010 Standards for Accessible Design” (SAD) and are enforced today for new construction and alterations.

TACTILE CHARACTERS

know your ABC's.

Characters cannot have sharp or abrasive edges. Other guidelines for raised characters include: 1/32 inch minimum above their background, uppercase, copy style to be sans serif and characters cannot be expanded, extended, italic, oblique, script, highly decorative, or of other unusual form. Minimum height for raised characters is 5/8 inch with a 2-inch maximum.

BRAILLE

you can feel it.

There are two types of Braille. Grade 1 Braille is full spelling. Grade 2 Braille consists of Grade 1 Braille and 189 contractions. Grade 2 Braille is ADA compliant. 2/90 uses the new standard when creating Braille. New guidelines require Braille dots to be rounded or domed. Braille dots need to be positioned 3/8 of an inch directly below the corresponding text and be the same color as the background.

PICTOGRAMS

seeing is believing.

Yes. Pictograms need a vertical field of 6 inches. Raised characters and Braille cannot be located in this field. The equivalent verbal description needs to be placed directly below the pictogram field.

INSTALLATION

makes a difference.

Previously, ADA signs were mounted at 60 inches to the center of the sign. 2010 Standards provide for a range of 48 to 60 inches above the finished floor measured from the baseline of the highest tactile character. This change provides for visual consistency of sign heights.

The bottom of overhead signage must clear 80 inches minimum above the finished floor (AFF). Wall-mounted signs must be mounted a minimum of 27 inches AFF and a maximum height of 80 inches, with a maximum protrusion into the pathway of 4 inches. The bottom of overhead signage must clear 80 inches minimum above the finished floor (AFF). Wall-mounted signs must be mounted a minimum of 27 inches AFF and a maximum height of 80 inches, with a maximum protrusion into the pathway of 4 inches.

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RESOURCES AND HELPFUL LINKS

need something else?

ADA questions can be directed to info@290signs.com or call Customer Service at 800.777.4310. Technical assistance is also available directly from the Access Board through their question line: TA@access-board.gov, or by phone at 800.872.2253.

Please visit the links provided below for detailed information.