ADA compliant signs should adhere to the guidelines mentioned in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. Fresh Coast Signs is a reliable sign manufacturer, supplier, and installer of attractive ADA signs that fulfill all legal requirements and complement your brand. If you are looking for signage solutions with visual characters, tactile characters, and/or braille, our ADA sign makers are always there to cater to your requirements and comply with the set regulations.

The US Census Bureau states that by the end of 2017, 13.3% of the American population had some form of disability. We understand the importance of ADA signs and how they assist customers with disabilities and make a positive impact on your business.

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Signs for the Visually Impaired

Based on the standards mentioned in the Americans with Disabilities Act, the sign makers at Fresh Coast Signs produce high-quality indoor signs that include ADA-compliant wayfinding signs and room identification signs. These signs help visually impaired customers to navigate smoothly within your facility.

Since more than 2.5 million Americans have some form of visual impairment, we aim to produce signs that have high visibility and excellent readability. One way to do that is by utilizing high contrast ADA signage. We offer a wide variety of colors, materials, fonts, and design elements to ensure your signs and graphics reflect a cohesive brand identity.

Legally Compliant Signage

In some states, if a business is not fulfilling accessibility requirements, it is considered as a violation of civil rights and can result in thousands of dollars in fines. In some situations, the noncompliance of business signs could lead to failed inspections, and businesses are refused a certificate of occupancy. But don’t worry, at Fresh Coast Signs, we are well aware of all the legal requirements and our legally compliant business signage will always protect our clients from any legal action.

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design covers a lot of details like size, design, tactile copy, font usage, character size, color contrast, location, mounting height, etc. As one of the leading sign makers in Grand Rapids, we consider all these requirements and produce spectacular signs for our clients. Our expertise in the ADA sign-making industry allows us to deliver ADA signage that complies with the highly specific standards set by the government. 

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Fresh Coast Signs: Your Partner for Custom ADA Signs

The signage experts at Fresh Coast Signs will keep you involved at every stage of the sign-making process. Instead of just producing ADA signs for your business, we will guide you to choose the best materials and keep you informed about design, production, placement, and installation.

We understand the complexities of producing high-quality ADA signs and the kind of impact they can make on a business. We want to build a long-term partnership and take your visual communication to the next level.

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ADA signs are required in any permanent space or room that has a specific purpose. These are often areas that are open to the public. For instance, all doorways are required to be ADA compliant, along with restrooms, floor numbers, and more. This makes it easier for everyone to safely navigate your space.

No, ADA signs don’t necessarily require having a blue background. It is possible to create ADA signs of varying colors, granted that it meets the contrast requirements. There should be a high level of contrast between the characters and the background. While there isn’t an exact requirement, 70% contrast is usually recommended.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed into law in 1990. It’s a civil rights law that ensures people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else. It prohibits any discrimination in all areas of public life. Part of the ADA is requiring public spaces to have ADA-compliant signage.

No, not all signs are required to comply with ADA standards. According to the Standards of Accessible Design, only permanent indoor spaces are required to be ADA-compliant. Signs that don’t require ADA designs include temporary signs (those needed for less than a week), building directories, parking signs, and building addresses.

There are different requirements to where ADA exit signs need to be placed. They should be placed on the latch side of the door. For double doors, with only one active side, it should be placed on the inactive side. If both sides are active, they should be located on the right side.

ADA door signs don’t necessarily have a width requirement. This depends on the length of your text. However, the characters need to meet a specific height requirement. Their height should be between 5/8 – 2 inches. Specific width will have a recommended number of characters that fit depending on the height of the text.

ADA bathroom signs are signs that are required to be ADA-compliant. These signs typically pertain to the various door signs needed for restrooms. ADA restroom signs need to satisfy specific design requirements. This includes having raised and tactile letters, braille, and universal pictograms. They should also follow finish and contrast requirements and mounting specifications.

Signs that need to be ADA-compliant must follow specific design rules. These include:

  • Raised, tactile letters
  • Uppercase letters
  • ADA font style requirements
  • Height
  • Finish
  • Contrast
  • Spacing


There are also installation and mounting requirements that need to be met. As such, it’s crucial to work with a sign maker who is well-versed with ADA rules.

ADA braille sign height requirements include dot height and mounting height. Dot height should be between 0.025″ to 0.037″. For mounting requirements, they should be mounted a minimum of 48″ from the ground to the baseline of the lowest character and a maximum of 60″ from the baseline of the highest character.

The minimum size of ADA signs depends on the minimum height requirement of text and characters. The minimum height requirement starts at 5/8 inches. For 5/8″ letters, you need to allow 2″ of height per line of text. This includes the braille translation below. Adding pictograms can also affect the size of your sign.