ADA Signage 101: What are ADA signs and why do they matter?

ADA signage is present in just about every public building in the US. We spend our whole lives surrounded by it in schools, churches, airports, doctor’s offices, restaurants– you name it. Most of us never really give it much thought. It simply exists, telling us where to go in a new place.

 

ADA-compliant fire safety signage with custom color pictogram and braille.
ADA signs with a sleek outline and unique color accent.

Why are ADA signs important?

The passage of the laws outlined in the ADA make sure that public spaces, above all, are safe and accessible for those with disabilities. Before these laws were passed in 1990, no comprehensive laws existed to protect the rights and comfort of Americans with disabilities. 

The ADA’s most recent revision in 2010 is a 200+ page document going into great detail about requirements for buildings. Most notably, it explains the way ADA-compliant signs are supposed to look.

These details help readers understand how to make public spaces accessible. Both visual and physical accessibility are crucial to ensure that the estimated 3.4 million Americans with vision impairment can safely find their way.

Do all ADA signs have to look exactly the same?

Custom-cut ADA sign with ornamental corners, unique pictogram and required braille components.
A laser-cut ADA sign in a custom shape.

The guidelines in the 2010 revision of the ADA Standards document give information about accessible, compliant sign design. However, its rules may seem a little strict and visually limiting.

What if your building has its own set of design standards? What can be done to make the ADA signage fit in with the general design concept of the building’s other signage?

ADA signage is required by law, but it doesn’t have to be boring.

The font used on your signs can’t be too ornamental. They must be a certain size and a certain distance away from other visual elements. ADA guidelines only permit certain colors and materials. For example, signs can’t have a glossy, reflective finish– only nonglare, matte materials can be used.

There are lots of design requirements for ADA signage, but you don’t have to sacrifice your company’s design standards to meet them.

Every sign we create is custom-built. Our talented designers are ADA experts so you don’t have to be. Most importantly, we work one-on-one with customers to ensure that the wholesale signs we make fit your vision and your budget.

You can meet the sign requirements and still be unique.

Translucent white sign with a clean, eye-catching design that meets ADA requirements.
A custom-designed ADA-compliant sign with unique graphics and a clean layout.

We can match any paint color with our cutting-edge paint color technology. Precision laser-cutting and a massive variety of sign materials and colors help us make sure your signs look good. Finally, our wholesale pricing allows you to make sure signs don’t break the bank.

Contact us today for a free quote on your wholesale ADA signs. We share a common goal with our customers: to make signs that look great and get people where they need to go.

We’ll be happy to talk you through the process and make sure your signs look great and pass inspections!

Wholesale ADA Compliant Slider Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Wholesale ADA Compliant Signs

Wholesale ADA Compliant Signs

ADA Slider Signs, Room Identification Signs and Restroom Signs

TRUE Wholesale ADA compliant standoff signs, slider signs, multi-layer signs, room identification signs, braille signs and any other kind of ADA Sign you can imagine. That’s what we have at ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ.
We’re proud to offer a wide variety of custom ADA Signs. Call us today to discuss our ADA sign project. 1-440-951-6651
The ADA signs in this post were created for a an athletic facility in Naples Florida. They wanted signs with a metal look, but didn’t want actual metal. We were able to find the perfect material through Rowmark! ADA Compliant material, contrast, colors and Braille.

They also wanted their ADA signs to show whether or not a room was in use. ADA Compliant slider signs were the perfect solution.

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Evacuation Signs are often included in the ADA Sign specs given to sign shops or building managers by the architect. Sometimes when the evacuation sign specs are received, the sign shop or the building manager, or whoever else may be in charge isn’t quite sure what to do with those evacuation sign drawings. We can help, and we can include it in the wholesale ADA Sign order!

Naturally, we all realize that the evacuation signs are very important. As of this writing (Thursday May 25th, 2017), ff you visit OSHA’s website you will see their guidelines for evacuation procedures. Additionally, Osha’s website has a page with an example evacuation map. If you would like to see the text from the Occupational Safety and Health Standards that pertains to evacuation,  It is currently available here, and it is in this section: 1910.38(c).

Besides OSHA insisting that you have evacuation routes posted, and an evacuation plan in place, don’t you want visitors and employees to easily and safely leave your building in an emergency? The Evacuation Map is clearly not a sign you can afford to skip. So don’t!

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

What to do with those Evacuation Route specs often included in your ADA sign specs from your architect?  A few things:

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Evacuation route signs could save your business from a large number of terrible outcomes, if they are easily visible and properly placed.
Your ADA Signage throughout your business, has a uniform look. People notice the ADA Signage, even if that individual has no obvious need for the ADA features of the sign. ADA Signs stand out and scream, “Look at me! I’m official!” This is the same message your evacuation route signs should send.

In an emergency, the evacuation route signage, the ADA Signage and the Exit signs must be clear.

ADA Signs Wholesale is already covering your ADA Signs, so why not add on your evacuation signs, as well? The only other option is to pay full price for them elsewhere. Skipping the evacuation route signage is never an option.

Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs

Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs

See us Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs!

If you’d like to see how we go about manufacturing ADA Wholesale Signs, check out the Signs PDQ blog post for the story on assembling ADA Signs. Many companies outsource their ADA Sign jobs to us and we’re always grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

If you need Wholesale ADA Signs, give us a call at 1-440-951-6651, or fill in the form. We’ll call you, or email you, if you prefer:

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Gender Neutral Signs and Laws

Gender neutral ADA restroom sign

Gender Neutral Signs and Laws

Gender neutral ADA restroom sign

ADA Signs Wholesale makes a very special point of keeping up with ADA regulations and proposed regulations. Gender Neutral ADA compliant signage is part of our business.

Did you know that March 1st, 2017 is the deadline for compliance with California Assembly Bill 1732. In case you’re not familiar with this bill, you can see the full text, here.

In the meantime, here’s a direct quote from the California bill:

Requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use, beginning March 1, 2017.

Additionally, did you know that several cities and states already have similar bills in place, or are considering adding the laws?

Gender Neutral ADA sign deadline for California
See California State Assembly Bill 1732.

As of this date, Monday February 13, 2017, a search of the web shows us that several states and cities already have legislation in place for adding Gender Neutral Signage to single-user restroom facilities. Since your city or state could be next to enact a law, maybe it’s time to consider getting ahead of the order and getting your gender neutral signage in place, now.

Even if gender neutral single-user facility signage isn’t yet a requirement in your city or state, it’s still helpful to let visitors to your establishment know that the restroom in question is intended for use by all.

Below is a list of the states and cities (that we found) which already have gender neutral ADA sign requirements. If we’ve missed one, please let us know. We want this list to be as accurate as possible.

State of California:
Compliance Deadline: March 17th
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State of Massachusetts:
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2017
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Denver, Colorado:
Compliance Deadline:May 1, 2018
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New York City, New York
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2017
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2016
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Austin, Texas
Compliance Deadline: Complaint basis only
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Washington DC
Compliance Deadline: Has passed
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Seattle, Washington
Compliance Deadline: March 9, 2016.
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Outsource Your ADA Sign Project

Outsource ADA Signs Project,or go in-house

Outsource your ADA Sign Project

Choosing to outsource the ADA Signs portion of your sign project can be a great idea for quite a number of reasons. We work with numerous sign shops to help them complete their entire sign project, on time and on budget. In fact, we know they deserve to profit from their sign project and we work diligently to make this happen. Let’s take a look and some specifics regarding the most common reasons to outsource your next ADA sign project:

Outsource your ADA Sign Project

Your sign shop doesn’t have the equipment or space to make hundreds of fully compliant ADA signs, but you have recently been asked to bid on a large sign project that includes ADA compliant signage.  

ADA Sign Project Teamwork

What does your sign company do when faced with a large ADA Sign order that you can’t complete alone? The choices are usually:

 #1 outsourcing ada sign projects

Bow out of the bidding process gracefully,

#2 outsource your ADA sign projects. Invest tens of thousands of dollars to buy the equipment, the training and even hire new team members for an ADA Sign job bid that you may, or may not, win.


#3 outsource the ADA portion of your next sign projectContact another company to work with you on the ADA compliant signage portion of your project. (AKA: Outsource your ADA Signs)

We can see concerns with all of the options above:

 #1 outsourcing ada sign projects

Bowing out of the bidding process because of the ADA Signs, or turning down the client, isn’t going to allow your business to grow. If you turn down projects often enough, you may not be invited to bid in the future. 

#2 outsource your ADA sign projects.

 Investing tens of thousands of dollars to buy ADA Sign making equipment that you don’t have room for, may not be ready to buy, aren’t sure how to use and don’t yet have the staff to run? That option isn’t feasible and is probably not good business decision, just yet.

ADA signs wholesale outsourcing
Request a quote from ADA Signs Wholesale.

#3 outsource the ADA portion of your next sign project

Contact another company to work with you on the ADA compliant signage portion of your project? This sounds “ok”, but how does that look to your client? Do you really want the client to know that your company couldn’t complete the ADA compliant sign portion of the job without outside or outsourced help? Are all of your profits going to be gone the second you reach out to another company?

Choosing to outsource your ADA sign project is absolutely not an indication that your company “couldn’t complete the job” Quite the opposite.

Outsourcing your ADA sign project is a clear indication that your sign shop is resourceful and committed to fully serving your client’s needs. Choosing to outsource the ADA portion of your sign project also shows that you are determined to get the entire sign project done correctly, on budget and on time for your client.

Outsourcing an ADA Sign Project is exactly when and why you need ADA Signs Wholesale. We want you to succeed. We want to be your partner on this bid and on future bids. We want you to make a profit so that you will choose us again in the future. If your client has an excellent experience with you, you will need us again!

Let’s clear something up right away, at ADA Signs Wholesale, we understand exactly where you are coming from as a sign shop without all of the pricey ADA sign making equipment, space and training. Once upon a time, a few years ago, we were in the same boat. This is HOW we know exactly what matters to you when it comes to making a decision to outsource your ADA sign project. 

Reach out to us today and let us show you how we can help you grow your sign business and keep your clients happy while taking on the larger jobs and continuing to profit.

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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.

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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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.