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Access Board Offers Technical Guidance on Signage

Bulletin answers common questions on tactile signs, visual signs and pictograms.   August 24, 2022


By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor 


The U.S. Access Board recently published a technical bulletin on accessible signage that covers the requirements for signs in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. The bulletin includes the ADA Technical Guide to Signs and the ABA Technical Guide to Signs, which both address signs for designations of rooms and spaces, international symbols of accessibility, raised characters, finish and contrast, Grade 2 braille, visual character spacing and height, locations of signs at facilities, and other spaces and elements. 

The bulletin also answers common questions on tactile signs, visual signs, and pictograms. Vivid and detailed graphics of compliant signage are included to illustrate how various requirements can be met.  

This technical bulletin is the latest installment to the board’s online guide to the ADA and ABA standards. The board also provided a webinar covering accessible signage on Feb. 3, 2022, along with the accessible signage webinar presentation materials that are available in the archive.  

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