Handicapped Sign Mounting Instructions

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All public buildings and most private buildings open to the general public must contain signage that is designed to aid handicapped individuals. Such signs include high-contrasting letters of minimum size in either Helvetica Medium or Futura Regular fonts. Signs must also contain Braille lettering to aid the blind and visually impaired.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Glue
  • Mount ADA-approved handicapped signs next to the door on all permanent rooms, such as bathrooms, room numbers, exit signs and elevators.

  • Purchase signs from a company that guarantees compliance with all ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) requirements, which include size of lettering, contrast between lettering and background, height of borders, Braille lettering and pictographs.

  • Mount all signs next to the room or facility that they are describing. Signs must be mounted on the latch side of any single door and must be mounted to the right of any double doors. If no wall space is available immediately next to a door, signs must be mounted on the next adjacent wall.

  • Make certain that there is a minimum of 18 by 18 inches of open and clear floor space beneath any mounted sign.

  • Mount signs permanently using screws, bolts and/or glue.

  • Mount signs a minimum of 40 inches and a maximum of 60 inches above the floor or ground. Measurements are made from the base of the lowest character on the sign, including Braille characters. Signs must be visible from a minimum of 6 feet.

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