Why Braille Signage is Required

Learn How ADA Signage Assists the Blind and the Visually Impaired
Braille Signage. An example of correct placement of an ADA Sign.
An example of correct placement of ADA Braille Signage. Taken from the www.ada.gov website. “2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design”

Braille signage is in all public places. We see it everywhere, we know there are laws requiring that ADA Signage that is posted, but do you ever think about why its there and why there are so many regulations surrounding the placement of ADA Compliant Braille Signs? 

Here at ADA Signs Wholesale, we recently became aware of a video by YouTuber Tommy Edison called How Blind People Find Braille Signs

that we think does a great job of explaining how important Braille is to the blind. In fact,  How Blind People Find Braille Signs is not his only video. TommyEdisonXP has made many useful and interesting videos about what it’s like to live with blindness.

ADA Signs Wholesale Braille SignsOne thing we love about  How Blind People Find Braille Signs is that Mr. Edison explains why it’s so important to post signs in specific areas and at specific heights.

Imagine arriving at an appointment and not seeing a sign to let you know you’ve reached the correct office. Sighted people would “look” for a sign, right? The blind “feel” for a sign. If the sign isn’t Braille and it isn’t in the right place, how would they find the sign? It’s safe to assume that finding the sign would be difficult. Because of this very issue, being ADA compliant means having the correct sign, in the correct place and at the correct height from the floor. Because of this rule, the blind know to feel for the sign ADA Signs Wholesale Braille Restroom Signbetween 48 inches from the floor and 60 inches from the floor, on the right side of the door.ADA Signs Wholesale Directional Sign

You can learn a lot from his video, check it out! If you have any questions about ADA Braille signs, reach out to ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ today.

ADA Signs Wholesale Project – Featured

ADA Signs Wholesale Project – Featured

This month an ADA Signs Wholesale Project for Ohio’s University Hospitals  in Parma, Ohio is featured on SignWorld.org. University Hospitals and Signs PDQ/ADA Signs Wholesale have worked together over the last 10 years on numerous ADA sign projects. This time,Ohio’s University Hospitals had acquired a hospital in Parma, Ohio and they needed all of the signs updated to match their branding, their decor, and to be ADA compliant. Naturally, we were happy to come to their rescue with design, manufacturing and installation.

ADA Signs Wholesale Before and After
Before and After ADA Signs Wholesale.

“UH required custom made ADA signage which included seven different sizes of letters and multiple layers of material. Because Signs PDQ manufactures ADA signs in-house they were able to design and manufacture each piece in the project. UH also required many directories and way finding signs on every floor.”, says the Signworld.org article. Yes, it was a big project with a lot of details to get ironed out before we could even begin to make the signs. In fact, we hired three additional staff members and added a third top notch laser engraving machine for this project.

Going forward, we’ll have the opportunity to work with University Hospitals again. This time we will be working on a number of their satellite offices.

If you have a similar project and need a quote on an ADA Signs Wholesale project, gives a call at 1 (440) 951-6651. You can also reach us through our contact page, or through our Quote Request page.

On your next ADA Sign project don’t pay more than you have to for high quality, custom made and ADA compliant signage. Talk to us about your ADA Signs Wholesale project today.

The Sign Shop Dogs

Sign Shop Dogs
Sign Shop Dogs
The (much loved) Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale Shop Dogs: Hannah, Chloe, Dexter and Mac.

Our Beloved Sign Shop Dogs

Our sign shop dogs! We just love talking about them. Normally the graphic to the right reads, “We’re quite serious… we appreciate our customers!”  We (and our shop dogs!) TOTALLY appreciate our customers. Without our Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale customers, we wouldn’t have jobs. It doesn’t get much more serious than that! So, yes, we are absolutely serious about customer appreciate our . Today, in light of the fact that August 26th is National Dog Appreciation Day, we’ve changed our graphic up just a bit.

The staff here at Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale would like to add:

We appreciate our dogs and we hope you appreciate yours, too.

What’s the big deal about our shop dogs? Where would we even begin to answer that question? What’s not to love? They are truly our best friends. We treat our sign shop dogs like family because they really are part of our family,

  • When we’re stressed, they remind us to relax. 
  • When we’re worried, the affection they show us reminds us to look at life from a different perspective.
  • When we need a friend, they are the friend that is always glad to be there.Owning a dog has been scientifically proven to improve your health, says Harvard Medical School.
  • When we work late, they’re happy to stick around and help. (After a snack and a walk, of course!)
  • Sorry, we don’t mean to abandon the list, but the list is so long and I have 4 hungry dogs to feed. They’re getting antsy.

Dogs give all they have to us and don’t ask for anything in return, but give back a little more to your dog(s) today. How?

  • A few minutes longer walk.
  • A few more minutes of petting (it’s as good for you as it is for them).
  • A low calorie healthy treat.
  • Double check your dog’s health records and stay up to date with their healthcare.

And while you’re at it, if you have the means, donate to your local animal shelter

For now, it’s feeding time! And then I’ll get back to making awesome ADA signs for our customers.

Color Matching Business Signs

Color match your business sign

Perfect Color Matching on ADA Wholesale Signs

Color matching is crucial when you’re buying ADA signs (or any signage) for an entire building. If you have seven floors in your building. those floors may contain:

  • color coordinated hallways on each floor.
  • separate office groups on each floor that were created with varying decor
  • employee areas that are decorated very simply
  • …and too many other possibilities to list here!

There are numerous ADA sign possibilities and variations in any building, whether the building has 7 floors, 47 floors or only 1 floor. If you’re in charge of coordinating custom ADA compliant signs for an office building, hospital, school, church or any other kind of building, you should reach out to ADA Signs Wholesale today.

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Sometimes, just the thought of color matching all of those ADA signs, finding their requirements and discovering their options, can be a bit nerve wracking. Fortunately, taking the confusion out of ADA signs and color matching is where we excel! Call us.

To choose a color check out the Rowmark color chart titled ADA Alternative.

If your customer can’t find the desired color, supply us with a PMS color number or a Sherwin Williams number or other paint supplier’s reference number.  Signs PDQ will back paint the signs to match!  There is no place better

than ADA Signs Wholesale to get the best color match on your company’s signs.

As always, we’ll work with you to be ADA compliant and have attractive, high quality, color matched signage throughout your facility.

Call ADA Signs Wholesale today 1.440.951.6651 or click here to get a quote!

SignPro Systems Sign Photography Contest

SignPro Systems Sign Photography Contest

We love Signpro Framing Systems, and guess what!  Signs PDQ, the parent company of ADA Signs Wholesale, is pleased to announce that we won second place in their photography contest!

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SignPro Systems – ADA Slider Conference Room Signage.

Our ADA Sign photo entry in the contest was this photo showing two different conference room identification signs.

These curved frame metal signs feature ADA Compliant Braille lettering as well as sliders to give indication of whether a conference room is “in use” or “vacant”

Why use SignPro Systems?

There are numerous reasons to choose this sign framing system. Let’s take a look at the most obvious reasons to choose these sign frame systems.

Choices

The SignPro framing system offers many different styles, materials and features for their frame systems. No matter what look you want, we can find a perfect style for your building. Your choices are NOT limited.

Easy to Update

Updating signs that are part of a framing system is relatively simple. Just remove the insert on the front and add a new insert in its place.

We reccomend SignPro frames when a client is looking for something different and stylish. These frames are particularly helpful when the building manager knows that the common use of certain rooms could change down the road.  For instance, if a “Conference Room” may later be changed to a “Training Room”, a sign frame system is the perfect choice.

When a name change for a room is required, it’s an easy fix. Keep the current sign frame and simply switch out the removable insert on the front of the sign frame. The new sign frame insert can indicate the new name for the room. Later, if the training room again becomes a conference room, merely switch the sign again! Frame systems allows you to switch out sign inserts with ease.

SignPro Systems allow more customization for clients requests and are easy to produce and update. As always, ADA Signs Wholesale is fully prepared to be your ADA signage partner.

SignWORLD Conference 2016

Sign Company Education Session

SignWORLD Conference 2016

SignWORLD Sign Company Education Session

We’re back from the SignWORLD Conference and we are motivated and excited! This year’s conference was everything we hoped it would be. We saw old friends, we made new friends and we ate, drank and slept SIGNS!

It’s always an honor to meet with other Sign Shop owners and find ways to work together to improve our businesses, our brands and the SignWORLD brand, as well. We’re proud to be a part of this professional family of Sign Shops and their owners.

Signs PDQ was honored to receive several awards this year…

-Don and his team won the golf outing!

-We received an award for amount of business ($$$) in the last year.

-We received an award from our peers (7 of us were voted companies that helped others!)

Last but not least…

We received the award for the largest order on the list year…YEAH! We never ever thought we would be recipients of this award. For many years we have attended these conferences and seen companies receive this award. We always aspired to those heights, but it achievement of the dream seemed far in the distance. We are so proud of our recognition… and grateful to our families, colleagues, friends and (last but never least) our SignWORLD Family!

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Signs PDQ is a SignWORLD partner. We can help you with all of your business signage needs.

Want to find out more about how ADA Signs Wholesale can help you profit on your next ADA Sign Project. Click here!

Grow Your Sign Business with ADA Signs Wholesale

ADA Sign Building Article in Sign Builder Illustrated

ADA Signs Wholesale and Sign Builder Illustrated

ADA Signs Wholesale Featured in Sign Builder Illustrated

The Digital Guide article can be found on page 39 of Sign Builder Illustrated's February 2016 Issue
The Guided Path, page 39

This month (February 2016) we’re proud to announce that we’ve been featured in Sign Builder Illustrated Magazine. The Guided Path article by Mike Antoniak, featuring Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale Co-Founder, Donald O’Toole, can be found on page 39 of Sign Builder Illustrated’s February 2016 Issue.

The Guided Path article covers many aspects of the ADA Sign Project Process, including how sign shop owners can work with us to get their ADA Sign projects completed properly, on time, customized to match decor and within budget.

Check out the article here. If you’re a Sign Shop Owner, we’d love to show you how we can help you earn a profit on your next ADA Compliant Sign Project. Call us at 1-440-951-6651 or email us at quotes

[at] signspdq.com.

Mike Antoniak’s article also covers many of the considerations that should be addressed before embarking on an ADA Sign Project. ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ are committed to getting you the best TRUE wholesale prices, the best quality signs, while helping you understand the correct and compliant method of installation of all ADA signage.

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Color Match ADA Signs

A Color Match Tip From ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ!

Do you need to match the color of existing ADA Signs in your business?

You have a customer who needs a few ADA signs to match the existing signs. Can you accomplish this? YES!

Although matching existing ADA/ Braille signs can be tricky, following a few steps can simplify the process.

Match Colors of Existing ADA Signs, or Match Signs To Your Decor.

We Can Match Colors of Existing ADA Signs, or Match Signs To Your Decor.

How To Color Match Existing ADA Signs.

1.) Try to get your hands on a sign you want to match. If we can see an example of the sign in person, we can insure that the color, size and style are exact.

2.)  If you cannot bring the sign (or send the sign) to us, be prepared to take several pictures. Naturally a picture straight on is a must but a picture capturing the depth of the sign is also important. This picture will show us the layers of the signs. The more information we have about your sign, the more likely we are to match your ADA sign perfectly to your existing signs and/or your building decor.

3.)  Color:  By looking on line at Rowmark.com you can see the wide material types and colors that are available.  Signs PDQ is also happy to mail you a catalogue. Can’t find the color on the Rowmark chart? No worries …you can match the color to a Sherwin Williams or Matthews Paint sample book.  We can determine if the signs are back painted and we will match the exact color you choose.

4.)  Fonts:  As you know, matching the font, as well as the size of it, is very important. The picture you email us will tell the story! 

5.)  Braille Beads:  It’s also important to match the color of the braille beads used on the sign.  More often than not they are clear. 

We Love our Clients, And They Love Us.

When you order wholesale ADA signs for your client, you expect high quality signs that meet the ADA requirements and your clients specifications. 

Have a look at what some of our clients are saying about ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ.

ADA Compliant Signs Wholesale prices

ADA Signs Wholesale – we offer experience.

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wholesale ada signs

ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ have been working together for over 20 years to bring our clients the best TRUE wholesale prices on custom ADA Signs.

Over the years, we have become experts on creating, customizing and installing ADA compliant signage.

Signs PDQ was, and still is, a full service sign shop based in Ohio. We’ve been providing all sorts of custom business signs, ranging from banners to building signs to electrical signs to Vehicle wraps and graphics to yard signs to traffic signs … and the list goes on and on, for many years! 

Naturally, a very important part of our sign product capabilities list is ADA Compliant Signage with Tactile and Braille. Why is ADA compliant signage so important? Federal, State and Local laws require all businesses to post ADA compliant signs, thanks to the The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal Law ensuring that those with special needs have proper access to public places and facilities. 

Initially, we didn’t manufacture our own ADA compliant signs at Signs PDQ. Like many sign shops, we reached out to wholesalers to cover the ADA sign portions of our sign projects. Unfortunately, we found that our sign shop would lose money on the ADA portion of our sign projects because the wholesale companies weren’t charging us true wholesale prices, even though we were buying large quantities of their signs. 

We understood the cost of creating signs and we understood that the ADA compliant signs had to have special features and meet specific requirements, but why couldn’t we get high quality custom compliant ADA signs at true wholesale prices? We were happy to take on projects requiring ADA compliant signs, but, since we couldn’t get true wholesale prices, Signs PDQ would sometimes have to forgo profits on certain portions of large sign projects. Like everyone else, we have bills to pay, too. We searched everywhere for a real ADA sign wholesale solution, but we didn’t have much luck.

Don and Brenda O’Toole, the owners of Signs PDQ, did what they always do when faced with a roadblock, they found a way through it. ADA Signs Wholesale was born. Don, Brenda and their team already knew a great deal about ADA Signage compliance, but they studied everything they could find about ADA rules and regulations. Additionally, they purchased and mastered the equipment needed to create custom ADA compliant signs.

Today ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ sells custom ADA and Braille business signage to Northeastern Ohio, including: Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Akron and Cleveland, Ohio… and to any business through the world.  Let us guide you through selecting and installing ADA compliant signage for your business.

 

Industry News: Signs PDQ Wholesales Laser Engraved Signs

ADA Signs Wholesale Pricing

laser engraved signsWe offer Laser Engraved Signs at ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ!

A laser engraver and a rotary engraver adds to the product line that Sign PDQ wholesales to the sign industry.  We now can also engrave using metal, acrylic and wood.  The advantage of this quality machine is not only the product line but it speeds up the process of producing engraved signage.  This engraver works in conjunction with our original engraver.  The original engraver produces the braille section of ADA signage using the raster braille method.   These two machines work hand in hand to speed up production of all projects both big and small. Check out this picture of laser engraved signage.