Tag Archive: 2010 ada guidelines

Trivia: Is Universal Design and ADA Standards The Same Thing?

Although universal design is indirectly influenced by the ADA, there’s no direct correlation between the two. So what exactly does the new ADA Guidelines entail and how does it relate to signage? Drafted into law in 1990, the ADA was sanctioned to protect the basic civil rights of disabled Americans. In addition to several other rules, the …

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2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design Becomes Somewhat Simplified

So, the heavily discussed date of March 15, 2012 is finally upon us. The dilemma for some states of whether to use the 1991 or 2010 ADA Standards is now a mute issue, as all states must now minimally adhere to the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. We emphasize the word minimally because we …

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What Small Businesses Should Know about ADA Signage and Complying with the 2010 ADA Guidelines

We have talked about the new 2010 ADA Guidelines so much on Conversations about Signage that we sometimes fear our reader’s eyes have begun to collectively roll back in their heads. We understand – it can be a very boring and tedious topic to discuss, but one way to look at the new 2010 ADA …

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Crucial Elements of ADA-Compliant Architectural Signage Design

The architectural signage industry has been regulated for some time by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and ADA-compliant signage continues to be a popular topic on our blog. According to the ADA, signage must be made accessible to people who have disabilities, and this is accomplished by following the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. …

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Applying Clarity to ADA Signage Contrast Requirements

“I thought the  ADA mandates a minimum 70% contrast level for signage, but I don’t see this percentage noted in the new ADA standards. Where is it?” This is a great question because it represents a common misconception regarding ADA signage guidelines. In fact, following is the exact verbiage from the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible …

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ADA Guidelines Should be Reviewed and Followed to Avoid Lawsuit Headaches

The recent article titled “Local handicapped activist accused of lawsuit abuse” by Brett Shipp on wfaa.com puts the spotlight on a headache-inducing problem for businesses, hospitals, and any other public facility around the country. Sometimes, in the name of the disabled, but mostly in the name of “lawsuit settlement,” attorneys are exposing those who are …

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New ADA in the Design World: Sometimes, Less is More for ADA Signage

It’s not breaking news any longer to say “the Department of Justice finally updated and published new ADA guidelines.” What is news – or should I say passing conversation – is what designers can do now that Grade 2 Braille is a mandate, not an option. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there are several …

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Revised ADA Guidelines Go into Effect March 15, 2011: Department of Justice Memo

A lot of people search for ADA signage information on this blog, and we wanted to keep you informed of what is going on with the adoption and enforcement of the latest ADA Guidelines. The following is from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division – Disability Rights Section: The effective date of the …

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Getting Your Message Across the “Right” Way — Fonts, Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation for ADA Signage

Getting your point across can be challenging especially when the punctuation or grammar you choose is “wrong” according to current standards. I know what you are thinking: “Not me. I went to (insert name of your college here) and I earned a (take your GPA and pad it by ½ a point to impress everyone) …

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Sign Judgment: ADA Guidelines vs. Designer Aesthetics – A Struggle for Balance and Working Solutions

Long before President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in1992, which mandated that fixed room signage be readable by the visually-impaired, architects and interior designers have been telling sign companies something along these lines: “Don’t let your sign mess up my beautifully-designed space.” That statement has probably been phrased 50 different ways …

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