In order to comply with the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), read more about how all public facilities are required to have specific signage affixed throughout their establishment to provide people with disabilities the same access and functionality as those without disabilities. ADA signs are meant to be posted in a way that they can easily to be touched by those who are blind. Exactly where these signs are to be displayed is not always common knowledge, so here’s a little 411 for you on the correct placement of these life-saving signs.


According to Section 216.2 of the ADA, displays with Braille and tactile elements are needed where areas of a building pertain to safety such as fire exits and stairways.


All permanent public spaces must have ADA-compliant signs in place that provide labels, names, or designations for interior spaces that aren’t going to change over the course of time and will be serving the same purpose for seven or more days. Examples of such spaces include the following typical locations for office signs: 

Bathrooms and Break Rooms

Exam Rooms, Conference Rooms, and Classrooms    

Utility Rooms, storage rooms, and electrical Rooms

In addition to knowing where ADA signage is required, business owners must also ensure they’ve been properly installed.  The following guidelines can certainly aid in this endeavor.

*ADA signs with Braille and or tactile elements should be positioned on the latch side of the door to the room being identified.

*ADA signs should sink no lower than 48 inches from the floor and rise no higher than 60 inches. A good rule of thumb would be to position the sign so that its center is located 54″ from the floor.

*If space is limited near the specified location, the ADA signage may be installed on the nearest adjacent wall. Just make sure it has been adhered in a clearly visible location.

*ADA signs should never be mounted directly on a door.

While the assessment of ADA sign placement is generally handled by local code inspectors, the Department of Justice could ultimately step in as an enforcing agency with hefty first-time fines of up to 50,000.00 for non-compliance.  So even if ADA signs aren’t required in all rooms, it’s still a good idea for businesses and organizations to have them installed in as many areas as possible. This simple act not only ensures the easy accessibility and safety of Americans with disabilities but all those who enter into a building.

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