How to Buy ADA Signs: 8 Things to Know So You Don’t Buy Illegal Signs

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ADA Compliant Exit Route Sign made by ADA Sign Depot

ADA Compliant Exit Route Sign made by ADA Sign Depot

Maybe you’re a small business owner. Or a commercial property manager. Or maybe you’re the manager of a restaurant and some guest just mentioned that the signs are your restroom are illegal and could cause you to be sued.

What the heck are ADA signs? Why would you, a business, anyone need them? And how do you buy ADA signs that are compliant with the law, and not illegal?

In general, almost every sign that would be considered an “architectural” sign must comply with one or another of the ADA Guidelines. In other words, if a sign identifies a permanent room or space of a facility, including exits, directs or informs about functional spaces of the facility, or identifies, directs to, or informs about accessible features of the facility, it must comply. (Signs for advertising and marketing purposes, temporary signs, company logos and company names are examples of signs or sections of signs that do not have to comply.)

Eight Things to Know About Buying ADA Compliant Signs

Q: What material should an ADA sign be made of?

A: ADA compliant signs can be made of a wide range of materials. At ADA Sign Depot, we make ADA compliant signs out of acrylic resin plastic, brushed aluminum, and even bamboo.

It’s the characteristics of the materials used that you have to know about. If the sign shines, don’t buy it. ADA compliant signs have a matte finish. They do not have a shiny surface. They do not cause glare under natural or artificial light.

matte /mat/ Adjective (of a color, paint, or surface) Dull and flat, without a shine: “matte black”.

Glare is a major challenge and problem not for the blind, but for the partially sighted. And that includes a lot of our aging American population.

Q: How thick should an ADA sign be? What shape?

A: Most ADA compliant signs need to be a minimum of 1/8-inch in thickness. Most ADA signs require an “eased” or “rounded” corner radius.

There are some exceptions. California Title 24 compliant restroom door signs, for example, need to be a robust 1/4-inch thick. These particular signs also need to be a designated shape: Triangle indicates a male restroom or sanitary facility. Circle shaped door sign is for a female only restroom or sanitary room. And for a Unisex Restroom door sign? You guessed it: Triangle and Circle.

Q: What color should an ADA sign be?

With a few notable exceptions that require set colors, such as the International Symbol of Accessibility, signs of many different colors, even full process color, con be fully ADA compliant.

The thing to be aware of? Contrast. Contrast. Contrast. Full ADA compliance requires a 70% contrast. That is, 70% contrast between the sign and what it is mounted on (door, wall, counter, window). As well as a 70% contrast between the base of the sign and its foreground elements: The letters/numbers and/or pictograms (symbols) on the sign.

Now for the kicker. What exactly is a 70% contrast? As opposed, to say, a 60% or 47% contrast? No one really can tell you. Why? There are simply too many variables for each sign in each setting—and no objective or practical way to measure contrast under ever-shifting conditions.

But, like so many things in life, the answer is: Relax, and use your Common Sense. Look for obviously high-contrast colors such as the default white text/symbols on Federal Blue background that is the defacto default color scheme for most ADA signs. Black on white or white on black? Perfecto. Black on brushed aluminum? No problemo. Red text on white? You got it.

Q: What is tactile text? Do all ADA signs have to be tactile?

Tactile means raised above the background surface. You can “feel” tactile letters and symbols. ADA signs require their text and pictograms (symbols) be raised 1/32-inch. Many sight impaired people as well as most blind people do not read Braille. But interacting with, touching tactile letters, aids them in deciphering the legend/message of a sign.

But hey, there are sensible exceptions. Some fully ADA compliant signs have subsurface (non-tactile) messages. Typically, guide signs, informational and directional signs do not require Braille or tactile text.

Q: What kind of Braille is ADA compliant?

Simple answer: Use California compliant Braille and you cannot go wrong. It meets/exceeds Federal standards.

Do you really want a  longer explanation of what kind of Braille should be on ADA compliant signs? (Cool!) Vistour sister site, Title24Signs.com: and read this pithy blog post: ADAAG Braille versus California Braille — Grade 1 versus Grade 2 Braille — Does It Matter?

 

 

ADA Lawsuits in California: Scam, or Due Process?

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Several times each week, I get a phone call from a California business or property owner who has been hit with an ADA compliance lawsuit.

In just the past few years, over 14,000 such lawsuits have been filed in our state. It’s a lottery that no business owner wants to win. There are attorneys and serial plaintiffs who file hundreds of accessibility related lawsuits, usually targeting smaller businesses. Why? Because they are betting on the targeted business owner not having the time, money and legal team necessary to litigate. And they are banking on that business owner choosing instead to pay them several thousands of dollars to withdraw the suit.

California R99C Disabled Parking Space Sign from ADA Sign Depot

California R99C Disabled Parking Space Sign from ADA Sign Depot

Many people consider these so-called “shakedown lawsuits” to be the equivalent of legalized extortion. They say the lawyers and serial plaintiffs are motivated by greed, not by a sincere desire to improve access for people with disabilities. According to an investigative report published by News10, “California has 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits, but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population.”

On the state level, in May 2012 Senate Bill 1186 was passed. As reported in LegalNewsline.com:

Senate Bill 1186 would ban “demand for money” letters. In these letters, lawyers often order businesses to pay a set amount, plus their exorbitant legal fees, in exchange for dropping the case.

SB 1186 also would require attorneys to send a notice letter, listing any alleged construction-related violations, at least 30 days before filing a lawsuit.

In addition, the measure would require landlords to disclose whether their buildings or properties are state certified and in compliance with ADA laws.

But many people also believe that making our businesses and public properties accessible to all Americans is the right thing to do. And, given that the US Census reports over 19% of the civilian non-institutionalized population—54 million people—have disabilities, ADA compliance makes good business sense.

Even Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, who introduced two measures to counter the tide of ADA lawsuits noted, about 98 percent of California businesses are out of compliance with state and/or federal disability access laws. This, despite the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) having been the law of the land for over 20 years.

What can you, as a business owner or property owner, do? How can you protect yourself from being sued?

Making your business and property compliant with ADA laws is the ideal protection from accessibility lawsuits. This might mean hiring a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) licensed by the State of California to perform a comprehensive survey of your property. It could also necessitate purchasing and installing the correct California disabled parking signs, Braille signs, any required ramps, as well as making restrooms wheelchair accessible. Not to mention documenting, documenting, documenting. Just in case you do wind up in court.

Like it or not, so-called “shakedown lawsuits” are a real feature of the California business landscape. Why count only on good luck to protect you from being hit with an ADA related lawsuit? Committing to making your business and property ADA compliant is an investment, as well as the law.

David Boyne is a principal at ADA Sign Depot in San Diego

CASp:

http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Programs/programCert/casp.aspx

http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/236315-calif.-bill-targeting-ada-lawsuits-passes-senate

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=7655664

http://www.callawyer.com/clstory.cfm?eid=919801

http://www.adaabuse.com/

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb10-ff13.html

ADA Compliant Truncated Domes for Wet or Dry Concrete Applications

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August 1, 2013

ADA Sign Depot Announces Direct Sales of Truncated Domes to Small Businesses

Providing ADA Compliant Truncated Dome Pads for Wet or Dry Concrete Applications

SAN DIEGO — August 1, 2013 — Today ADA Sign Depot announced immediate availability of their extensive product line of ADA Compliant Truncated Domes direct to corporate and individual buyers through its secure ecommerce website, http://ADASignDepot.com.

“The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) has required use of truncated dome detectible warnings since 2001. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is obligated to enforce the requirements, and State and local governments are required to apply the minimum design standards when constructing and altering pedestrian facilities,” explained David Boyne, sales manager at ADA Sign Depot, San Diego. “But small business owners, property managers and smaller contractors had a tough time finding reputable sources of truncated dome pads that did not require large minimum orders.”

With its nation-wide ecommerce web store already providing ADA compliant signs and related products to small businesses and property managers, ADA Sign Depot negotiated with top-tier manufacturers of truncated dome pads to make their products available directly to its customers without minimum order fees. “We’ve eliminated minimum orders,” Boyne said. “A small business can order just one fully ADA compliant truncated dome pad if that’s all they need. We carry dome pads for wet or dry concrete installation and in a wide assortment of colors necessary to comply with the required visual contrast rule. And most orders ship the next business day.”

Boyne added, “For orders over $95, we even pay for UPS Ground shipping anywhere in the continental United States.”

Blind Person Interacting with Truncated Domes

Blind Person Interacting with Truncated Domes

A Reputation for Consistent Excellence from ADA Sign Depot

Many customers have already indirectly benefited from compliant signs produced by ADA Sign Depot’s plant but sold through other sign companies for over 20 years. With the company’s new ecommerce website, for the first time consumers and corporate buyers have factory-direct access to stock and custom-made ADA compliant Braille and non-Braille signs.

“But with ADA accessibility becoming ever more critical, our goal is to provide the other ADA related products our customers also need. That’s why we offer code-compliant disabled parking signs, both National and California-specific. And it’s why we now provide required truncated domes direct to small businesses and property owners.”
ADA Sign Depot carries truncated domes suitable for surface application on dry concrete as well as cast-in-place style dome pads installed when fresh concrete is being poured. “It’s important to have both options. New construction can use the cast-in-place pads,” Boyne explained. “And the surface applied, retro-fit style allow a small business, contractor or property manger to install ADA required truncated domes without having to demolish and remove concrete, then pour fresh concrete. The surface mounted or retro-fit pads are affixed with industrial adhesive and anchoring hardware that we include with every order.”

Information on Detectable Warnings (truncated domes)

Detectable warnings are an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement in the current Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for the use of detecting the boundary between the sidewalk and the street. Truncated domes are the only detectable warnings allowed by ADAAG. Grooves, exposed aggregate, and other designs intended for use as detectable warning are too similar to pavement textures, cracks and joints and are not considered equivalent facilitation. Truncated domes are a unique design and have proven to be the most detectable surface.

ADA Compliant Signs and Related Products from ADA Sign Depot

Consumers and corporate buyers can now access ADA Sign Depot’s ecommerce store 24/7 at: http://ADASignDepot.com

For more information:
David Boyne
(858) 385-9095
db@ADASignDepot.com

ADA Sign Depot Announces Brushed Aluminum ADA Signs Now Available Factory-Direct from Online Store

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Brushed Aluminum ADA Unisex Accessible Restroom Braille Sign from ADASignDepot.com

Brushed Aluminum ADA Unisex Accessible Restroom Braille Sign from ADASignDepot.com

Brushed Aluminum Signs Previously Sold Only to Sign Shops Now Sold Directly to Property Owners, Property Managers, Stores and Businesses

SAN DIEGO — July 4, 2013 — Today ADA Sign Depot announced their extensive product line of stock and custom ADA Compliant Brushed Aluminum Signage is available for factory-direct purchase by individuals, businesses and government agencies.

“While our plastic ADA compliant signs are attractive and functional, many offices, restaurants and upscale retailers want signs that are beautiful as well as fully compliant with the ADA laws,” said David Boyne, sales manager at ADA Sign Depot, San Diego. “We responded by using our specialized equipment, experience and knowledge of ADA regulations to develop a full line of brushed aluminum Braille signs.”

With its plant in Northern California and an inventory of signs in the San Diego office, the goal is to make fast delivery the standard. Boyne said, “Our ecommerce website allows small business owners, property managers and other corporate and individual buyers a way to purchase brushed aluminum Braille signs directly from our factory. They can get attractive, sophisticated signs that also enhance their property and the complete confidence to know the signs are fully compliant with ADA laws.”

Boyne added, “We make a lot of brushed aluminum ADA signs and that allows us to sell them at fair prices and ship them almost as fast as our more generic plastic ADA signs.”

A Reputation for Consistent Excellence

Brushed aluminum ADA signs from ADA Sign Depot are available with black acrylic backers or wood laminate back plates. Recent purchases of both Braille and non-Braille brushed aluminum signs have been made for new office buildings, Universities, and museums. “But we sell a lot of signs to small businesses where the owners or managers want to stand out. Whether it’s a fine restaurant or clothing retailer, they want non-generic ADA signs that match the interior designs of their properties,” said Boyne. “That’s why we do a lot of custom brushed aluminum signs. We also have the capability of applying full-color logos or design elements to a brushed aluminum sign—and it is going to pass ADA inspection without any problem.”

Boyne added, “Whether we make a sign with Rowmark® plastics, including luminous LaserGlow®, or Eco-Boo® bamboo, or our brushed aluminum, that sign is going to be ADA compliant. We have never had a sign rejected for incorrect layout or design, incorrect or misplaced Braille, wrong letter heights, or non-compliant materials.”

ADA Compliant Sign Availability

Consumers and business buyers can access ADA Sign Depot’s secure online store 24/7 at: http://ADASignDepot.com.

ADA Sign Depot offers a wide range of ADA signs and related products, including ADA and Title 24 compliant Restroom signs, Exit and Entrance signs, custom made ADA Braille signs in a wide variety of materials, truncated domes, and disabled parking signage.

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The Secret to Buying Very Low-Cost ADA Signs

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Where Can I Buy Cheap ADA Signs?

Looking to Buy Inexpensive ADA Signs?

What you need to look for are ADA signs made by the “injection-molded” process.

Injection-molded ADA signs are the least expensive ADA signs because they are made using a mold to produce very high quantities of the same ADA sign, over and over. This lowers the unit price of each ADA sign.

ADA Sign Buyer Beware!

Often injection-molded ADA signs are imported from China. These signs do not always meet the unique and strict requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). First, they may have a shiny surface, when ADA law requires a matte, non-shiny finish to signs. Why? Because a lot of people who interact with ADA signs are not necessarily blind and Braille readers, but people who are vision-impaired. The glare of shiny signs make them difficult to read.

Braille can be a problem on imported or cheaply made injection molded ADA signs. Often the Braille on these signs does not have the smooth, rounded, or “domed” top required both by Federal and California ADA laws. Grade 2 California domed Braille is the only Braille that meets both Federal and California legal requirements. Cheap ADA signs imported from China and other countries often use inaccurate or non-compliant Braille. Are you a small business owner in South Dakota needing a few restroom door signs? Probably an inexpensive injection-molded sign made outside the USA won’t be a problem. But if you’re in California, Pennsylvania, New York or more populous US states, why risk having your office or business fail an ADA inspection because you saved a few dollars buying cheap, non-compliant, non-USA made signs?

Quality versus Cost: The Balancing Act

Perhaps the best of both worlds would be to find an American company that makes inexpensive injection molded ADA signs, right here in the USA.

But there’s something else to keep in mind: Yes, ADA signs made by the injection molded process are cheap. And they can look it.

If the sign is to be mounted in certain areas, say, the restroom of a gas station or a high school sports stadium, that may not be a problem. But if you want to buy ADA signs that will be displayed in professional environments, from business offices, to universities, to fine retail stores and restaurants, buying injection molded ADA signs may not be the best choice.

When attractive, high-quality and professionally made ADA signs that are fully compliant in all 50 states (including California), is what you are looking to buy—try ADA Sign Depot. Official and legal ADA compliant Signs that are manufactured in California, and are shipped nationwide.

Over and out.

 

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Women's Restroom ADA Sign - Injection Molded Blue 6" x 9"

Regular price: $19.95
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Women’s Restroom ADA Sign – Injection Molded Blue 6″ x 9″ IMS-1503

Women's Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Sign - Blue 6" x 9"

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Women’s Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Sign – Blue 6″ x 9″ IMS-1504

Women's Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign - 12" x 12"

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Women’s Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign – 12″ x 12″ IMS-1524

Men's Bathroom ADA Sign - Blue 6" x 9"

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Men’s Bathroom ADA Sign – Blue 6″ x 9″ IMS-1501

Men's Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom ADA Sign - 6" x 9"

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Men’s Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom ADA Sign – 6″ x 9″ IMS-1502

Men's Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Triangle Sign - 12" x 12"

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Men’s Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Triangle Sign – 12″ x 12″ IMS-1522

Unisex Bathroom Sign - 6" x 9" - Injection Molded ADA Sign

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Unisex Bathroom Sign – 6″ x 9″ – Injection Molded ADA Sign IMS-1505

ADA Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Sign - 6" x 9"

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ADA Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Sign – 6″ x 9″ IMS-1506

Unisex and Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign - 12' x 12"

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Unisex and Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign – 12′ x 12″ IMS-1526

Girl's Bathroom Sign - Injection Molded ADA Signs for Schools

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Girl’s Bathroom Sign – Injection Molded ADA Signs for Schools IMS-1516

Girls and Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Braille Sign - 6' x 9"

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Girls and Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Braille Sign – 6′ x 9″ IMS-1514

ADA Girl's Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign - 12" x 12"

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ADA Girl’s Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign – 12″ x 12″ IMS-1530

Boy's Bathroom Sign - 6 x 9 - Injection Molded ADA Signs for Schools

Regular price: $19.95
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Boy’s Bathroom Sign – 6 x 9 – Injection Molded ADA Signs for Schools IMS-1513

Boy's Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Braille Sign - 6" x 9"

Regular price: $19.95
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Boy’s Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Braille Sign – 6″ x 9″ IMS-1512

ADA Boy's Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign - 12" x 12"

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ADA Boy’s Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Door Sign – 12″ x 12″ IMS-1528

Family Unisex  Bathroom ADA Sign - 6" x 9"

$19.95, 3=$56.85, 5=$89.75, 10=$159.50, 20=$259.00
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Family Unisex Bathroom ADA Sign – 6″ x 9″ IMS-1535

Family Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom ADA Sign - 6" x 9"

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Family Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom ADA Sign – 6″ x 9″ IMS-1536

Wheelchair Accessible ADA Sign - 6" x 9" Blue

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Wheelchair Accessible ADA Sign – 6″ x 9″ Blue IMS-1510

ADA Exit Sign - Tactile Text and Braille - 6" x 6"

Regular price: $19.95
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ADA Exit Sign – Tactile Text and Braille – 6″ x 6″ IMS-1511

ADA Exit Sign with Running Person Symbol - 6" x 9"

Regular price: $19.95
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ADA Exit Sign with Running Person Symbol – 6″ x 9″ IMS-1515

ADA Stairs Sign - 6" x 9" Blue - Tactile Letters, Symbol and Braille

$19.95
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ADA Stairs Sign – 6″ x 9″ Blue – Tactile Letters, Symbol and Braille IMS-1509

ADA In Case of Fire Use Stairs Sign - 6" x 9" - Blue

$19.95
Availability: Usually ships the next business day

ADA In Case of Fire Use Stairs Sign – 6″ x 9″ – Blue IMS-1541

ADA No Smoking Sign - 6" x 9" - Tactile Braille Sign

Regular price: $19.95
Sale price: $17.95, 3=$47.85, 5=$74.75, 10=$139.50, 20=$259.00
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ADA No Smoking Sign – 6″ x 9″ – Tactile Braille Sign IMS-1507

ADA Telephone Sign - 6" x 9" - Tactile Braille Sign

$19.95
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ADA Telephone Sign – 6″ x 9″ – Tactile Braille Sign IMS-1508

Tactile Arrow Sign - 6" x 6" - White Arrow on Blue Base

$29.95
Availability: Usually ships the next business day

Tactile Arrow Sign – 6″ x 6″ – White Arrow on Blue Base IMS-1561

Riser Room Sign - 6" x 6" - ADA Tactile Braille Sign

$32.95
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Riser Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – ADA Tactile Braille Sign IMS-1570

Sprinkler Room Sign - 6" x 6" - ADA Tactile Braille Building Sign

$32.95
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Sprinkler Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – ADA Tactile Braille Building Sign IMS-1571

Maintenance Room Sign - 6" x 6" - Tactile Braille Building Signs

$32.95
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Maintenance Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – Tactile Braille Building Signs IMS-1572

Electrical Room Sign - 6" x 6" - Tactile Braille Building Sign

$32.95
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Electrical Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – Tactile Braille Building Sign IMS-1573

Mechanical Room Sign - 6" x 6" - ADA Tactile Braille Building Signage

$32.95
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Mechanical Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – ADA Tactile Braille Building Signage IMS-1574

Elevator Mechanical Room Sign - 6" x 6" - Braille Building Signage

$32.95
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Elevator Mechanical Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – Braille Building Signage IMS-1575

Janitor Room Sign - 6" x 6" - Tactile Braille Building Signage

$32.95
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Janitor Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – Tactile Braille Building Signage IMS-1576

Storage Room Sign - 6" x 6" - Tactile Braille Building Signage

$32.95
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Storage Room Sign – 6″ x 6″ – Tactile Braille Building Signage IMS-1577

Clear Lexel Adhesive Caulk - 5 Ounce Tube - For Mounting ADA Signs

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Handicapped Parking Permit Information

How Do I Apply for a Handicapped Parking Permit?

The pain or disability you are suffering from does not necessarily have to be a chronic or permanently debilitating illness for you to qualify to receive a handicapped parking permit. Often persons with disabilities, both temporary and permanent, either never apply, or wait too long to apply, for a handicapped parking placard. People with “invisible” disabilities (disabilities that do not necessarily express outwardly) may fear being mistaken for an abuser of handicapped parking privileges. Being able to legally park in designated handicap parking spaces closer to stores, restaurants, schools and offices helps alleviate mobility challenges faced by many persons with disabilities.  (Note: Some of the links will open directly in PDF files instead of web pages)

•    If you have a disabling condition, temporary, chronic, or permanent, and want to know if you may qualify to receive a handicapped parking permit, ask your doctor. If you would be eligible for a handicap parking permit, they can make that determination

•    Individual States have standards to determine who can receive a handicap parking permit. Some states charge a fee to provide handicapped parking permits and other States may require your doctor’s prescription to be submitted along with your application.

•    The links we provided below may be helpful in gathering more information about your state’s handicapped parking permit requirements. You may even be able to download your state’s handicap parking application online.

Visit this page of ADASignDepot.com for Links to Every State’s Handicapped Parking Permit Application Forms or Information

Where to Buy California Handicapped Parking Signs and Wheelchair Stencils

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California 99C Disabled Parking Space Sign

California 99C Disabled Parking Space Sign

Making your parking lot accessible to everyone is the law. And with the ongoing challenge of accessibility related lawsuits in California, making your parking area compliant is essential. But it is also good business. Using the correct California disabled parking signs to designate parking spaces for handicapped customers and visitors to your business is part of efficiently utilizing your parking area. Your parking area has a direct and significant impact on the bottom line and the success of your business. Buying and installing professionally manufactured and legally correct disabled parking signs is a small investment that pays your business dividends every day for many years.In July 2008, California revamped its handicapped parking signage, making changes in sizes, wording, colors, and which signs would be required. For example, the R100B California Disabled Parking Tow-Away sign was changed from an 18×24 to an 24×24 size, from white text on a blue background to black text on a white background, and key changes were made in the wording of the sign, including using the phrase “persons with disabilities.” While there were no changes made to the R99 sign used to reserve a parking space, it was now required that every parking space include the Minimum Fine $250 wording. A new sign, the R99B Fine Sign would allow people to upgrade existing R99 signs to comply with the new standard. Another new sign, the R99C sign, included the fine information and allows a non-van accessible disabled parking space to be reserved using just this one sign. While these changes were begun and carried forward mostly by CalTrans, and they were at odds with other accessibility agency’s requirements, these new California Disabled Parking signs have become the accepted method for reserving disabled parking in California. In most cases signs in place before that July 2008–if compliant with the laws at that time–did not need to be changed to the newer designs unless or until any changes were made to the parking area, such as an expansion or re-striping (painting) of the parking lot. As always, we recommend you consult your local accessibility authority to determine what steps your particular property needs to take to be in compliance.

R99C California Legal Handicapped Parking Sign

$29.95
R99C California Legal Handicapped Parking Sign PAR-1005
R99C-MOD California Handicapped Van Accessible Parking Sign

$29.95
R99C-MOD California Handicapped Van Accessible Parking Sign PAR-1006
R100B California Handicapped Parking Tow-Away Sign

$44.95
R100B California Handicapped Parking Tow-Away Sign PAR-1004
R99 California Handicapped Parking Space Sign

$24.95
R99 California Handicapped Parking Space Sign PAR-1002
R99B California Handicapped Parking Minimum Fine Sign

$19.95
R99B California Handicapped Parking Minimum Fine Sign PAR-1003
Wheelchair Symbol Stencil for Parking Lots - 36x36

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Wheelchair Symbol Stencil for Parking Lots – 36×36 STN-1000
Wheelchair Symbol Parking Lot Stencil Paints -  White or Blue

$24.95
Wheelchair Symbol Parking Lot Stencil Paints – White or Blue STN-1003

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Handicapped Reserved Parking Sign - 12x18 - MUTCD R7-8 Federal Sign

$24.95
Handicapped Reserved Parking Sign – 12×18 – MUTCD R7-8 Federal Sign PAR-1000
Handicapped Reserved Parking Van Accessible Sign

$24.95
Handicapped Reserved Parking Van Accessible Sign PAR-1001
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Blind Person and Detectable Warning Pad

Truncated Dome Pads, Tactile Paving, Detectable Warning Surfaces

What is the Purpose of Tactile Warning Pads?
Tactile warnings provide a distinctive surface pattern of “truncated domes” or cones (which are small domes or cones that have had their tops cut off, or truncated) or “truncated bars” detectable by long cane or underfoot which are used to alert people with visual impairments of their approach to streets and hazardous drop-offs. People who are blind or visually impaired are alerted of impending danger from vehicle impact or a grade change.

Why Do I Need to Install Truncated Domes?

Division of State Architect (DSA) ─ 2011 California Access Compliance Manual: Detectable warnings. Curb ramps shall have a detectable warning that extends the full width and depth of the curb ramp, excluding the flared sides, inside the grooved border. Detectable warnings shall be slip-resistant and consist of raised truncated domes. The detectable warning shall contrast visually with adjoining surfaces, either light-on-dark or dark-on-light. The material used to provide contrast shall be an integral part of the walking surface. The domes may be constructed in a variety of methods, including cast in place or stamped, or may be part of a prefabricated surface treatment.

ADA Compliant Truncated Dome Pad - Surface Mount - 2x2 size

$98.35

ADA Compliant Truncated Dome Pad – Surface Mount

ADA Truncated Dome Pads - Surface Mount (Retrofit) - 2x3 size

$143.35

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ADA Truncated Dome Pads - Surface Mount (Retrofit) Style - 2x4

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ADA Truncated Dome Pads - Surface Mount (Retro-fit) Style - 2x5 size

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Truncated Dome Pad - Cast-in-Place Wet Set Style - 2ft x 3ft

$178.35

Truncated Dome Pad – Cast-in-Place Wet Set Style – 2ft x 3ft

Truncated Dome Pad - Cast-in-Place Wet Set Style - 2' x 4'

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Truncated Dome Pads - Cast in Place Wet Set Style - 2' x 5'

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Truncated Dome Pad - Composite Fiberglass Style - 2'x3'

$173.35

Truncated Dome Pad – Composite Fiberglass Style – 2’x3′

Truncated Dome Pad - Composite Fiberglass Style - 2'x4'

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Truncated Dome Pad - Composite Fiberglass Style - 2'x5'

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Wheelchair Symbol Stencil for Parking Lots - 36x36

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For Release 9 a.m. PDT June 1, 2013

ADA Sign Depot Announces Launch of Direct-To-Customer Ecommerce Website

Signs Sold Only to the Trade Since 1992  – Now Sold to Corporate and Individual Buyers

SAN DIEGO — June 1, 2013 — Today ADA Sign Depot announced immediate availability of their extensive product lines of ADA Compliant Signage direct to corporate and individual buyers through its new secure ecommerce website, ADASignDepot.com.

“The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. Since 1992 our Northern California plant has made and sold compliant signs exclusively to other sign companies who did not have the specialized equipment, experience or knowledge necessary for manufacturing ADA compliant signage,” said David Boyne, sales manager at ADA Sign Depot, San Diego. “Our new secure ecommerce website allows small business owners, property managers and other corporate and individual buyers a way to purchase the California and National ADA compliant signs they need directly from our factory.”

With its plant in Northern California and an inventory of signs in the new San Diego office, the goal is to make fast delivery the standard. Boyne said, “For commonly needed ADA signs, like restroom signs, exit and entrance signs, we can ship the same day a customer places an order. That means our California customers are going to have delivery as early as the next business day. Without having to pay for expedited shipping.”

Boyne added, “For orders over $95, we even pay for UPS Ground shipping anywhere in the continental United States.”

A Reputation for Consistent Excellence

Many customers have already indirectly benefited from compliant signs produced by ADA Sign Depot’s plant but sold through other sign companies for over 20 years. With the company’s new ecommerce website, for the first time consumers and corporate buyers will have factory-direct access to stock and custom-made ADA compliant Braille and non-Braille signs.

“All the signs available on our website come with our money-back guarantee,” said Boyne. “If you buy a sign from us that is rejected by a licensed CASp (California Access Specialist) for any flaw in materials, design, or manufacturing, the signs can be returned for a full refund. We’ll even pay for the return shipping.”

Asked how often this has happened, Boyne said, “It hasn’t happened. Sometimes or an architect may spec the incorrect sign for a given situation, causing a customer to purchase a sign that an inspector will not accept. That’s one reason we offer free and unlimited consultation in selecting ADA signs. When a customer knows the correct sign they need to achieve compliance, we can make it for them. Whether the sign is made with Rowark® plastics, including luminous LaserGlow®, or Eco-Boo® bamboo, or brushed aluminum, we have never had a sign rejected for incorrect layout or design, Braille, letter heights, or materials.”

ADA Compliant Sign Availability

Consumers and corporate buyers can now access ADA Sign Depot’s new ecommerce store 24/7 at: http://ADASignDepot.com

ADA Sign Depot offers a wide range of ADA signs and related products, including ADA and Title 24 compliant Restroom signs, Exit and Entrance signs, and custom made ADA Braille signs in a wide variety of materials.

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For more information: David Boyne (858) 385-9095 db@ADASignDepot.com