Do You Have the Right ADA Signs?

ADA compliant signs

Are you ADA compliant?

The Americans with Disabilities Act governs the design, manufacture and installation of the types of ADA signs Kansas City businesses require. When you are not working with an experienced signage maker, you are potentially running afoul of the law. For example, did you know that the Act specifies where these markers have to be mounted? Did you know that there are occasions when they are not required? In addition, were you aware of the strict mounting height requirements? It sounds complicated, which is why we’re here to help break it down for you.

Signage Types

ADA sign varieties

Make sure you have all of the required types of ADA signs!

The most common signs that the Act governs are wayfinding markers. They point to the restrooms, the emergency exit and identify the rooms inside an office suite, school, health care facility or retail establishment. In the parking lot, you would install ADA signage to highlight handicap parking spaces.

What Sets ADA Signage Apart From Standard Markers?

handicap signs

Handicap signs, complete with Braille, are also a requirement of the ADA.

When you commission office signage for your venue, you may choose any type of material, color combination and even the more artistic fonts. When dealing with ADA signage, however, you are somewhat limited in your selections.

  • Colors. The colors need to contrast. A skilled signage maker can still work in your company colors.
  • Characters. Not all fonts are appropriate. In addition, the character proportion, also known as the width to height ratio, must be in keeping with the law. When you like the look of artistically rendered markers, you may have to make some exceptions for the ADA signs.
  • Symbols. There is an approved list of acceptable symbols. They may differ from the symbols that you would like to use. That said, these symbols have an international appeal because they were selected with the broadest range of recognition in mind.
  • Finish. Anti-glare finishes ensure easy readability from anywhere in your office – even when the sun directly shines on the marker.

Getting Started On Your ADA Signs

Braille signs

We can Braille any sign!

The professionals at Forerunner Signs & Graphics are the local industry leaders in the design, manufacture and installation of the ADA signs Kansas City businesses need. We know the intricacies of the law, understand how to help our business clients with the installation of the signage and offer consultations to bring your company into compliance. We begin with a site survey that allows us to take stock of your existing ADA markers and areas where you might be missing one or more of them.

Next, we investigate whether these markers are in compliance with the current version of the Act or a prior version. If the latter is the case, you may have made changes to your signage setup, which could actually have moved you out of compliance unwittingly. Whether your markers need revamping, revising or you are starting from scratch and need a complete package, we can help.


Call us today for more information on the right ADA products for your business as well as on the other signage options we offer. Our experts look forward to discussing your product needs with you and customizing a package that uniquely brands and markets your company – will keeping you in compliance with the law.