ADA Compliant Signage

ADA Compliant Signs and Tactile Braille 

Need specialized signage to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? We’ll join you on-site and do the job in full compliance with Federal guidelines. We can help with both interiors and public spaces.

The image complements a short description and purpose of the America Disabilities Act
What You Need to Know

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a complex series of laws and regulations.  It places many requirements on architects, general contractors, and others involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of public buildings. Enacted in 1990, the federal statute prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. All areas of new construction and alterations to existing buildings and facilities need to comply with the requirements noted in the ADA.

Types of Signage Covered Under ADA

ADA Signage Covered Under the American Disabilities Act.


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What it Addresses

ADA addresses matters as diverse as handicapped entry ramps and the type of door handles that must be installed. It also covers signage to assist those with low vision, blindness, other disabilities, or old age.

ADA Compliant Braille Signage Prior to Installation at Lake Meadows Apartments.

Some of these are braille signs, while others may use high-contrast color schemes or raised lettering.

See a Recent Project

ADA signs were installed in a recent project completed at Lake Meadows Apartments. Located in the Bronzeville area of Chicago, graphics include braille signage and room identification signs.

Our team assisted with amenity signs for rooms such as the fitness and business centers.

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Braille Requirements

Braille Requirements

•Dimensions and Capitalization
•Braille dots – domed or rounded shape
•Uppercase letter or letter indication only to be used before first word of sentences, proper nouns and names, individual letters of the alphabet, initials, and acronyms.

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Experience and Headache Free Help

At Cushing, we not only provide a first-quality selection of ADA-required signage. We do much more than print signs. Our ADA subject matter experts are standing by to take charge of the complex and often-confusing job of selecting and placing the signage required throughout your building.

RELATED: Guidance on ADA Standards for Accessible Design

For example, ADA-compliant signage is required for any sign that identifies a particular public space (e.g., a conference room). Likewise, if a sign directs, guides, or informs people in some fashion (such as an EXIT sign would do), approved signage must be used.

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We understand that general contractors and project managers are not experts on ADA signage matters, nor do most have time to learn the minutia of the ADA regulations. That’s why we make our ADA experts available to go on site and supervise the placement and type of signs required by law.

Example of an ADA Compliant Evacuation Sign Installed in Stairwell

“Cushing always comes through with unique and cost effective solutions on projects. The customer service is always top notch and the installers are detail oriented.”
Taylor Bass, Project Manager and ADA Client
Bulley & Andrews

Area of Refuge Required for ADA

Every ADA sign needs to include braille lettering. For the height, it needs to be 60” (inches) at center from the ground.


Each needs to be installed in the exact same location.


Close Up Image of Braille Lettering on Area of Refuge Signage

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We help you focus on coordinating your trades.

You need to get the job done, so your tenant gains occupancy which allows you to move on to the next project. We understand! Behind the scenes, your Cushing project manager will handle the installation of ADA signs and access to the building. Bring Cushing in early, in the beginning, to plan everything so we can do a perfect installation in the end. Hassle-free. Headache-free. It’s the Cushing formula for perfect ADA compliant signage.

Here Are Just a Few of the Things You Don’t Have to Worry About

You already know that complying with government regulations can be challenging. These are just a few of the dozens of topics the ADA regulations address. With our help you won’t need to worry about any of them.

  • How must signs be finished to comply with ADA?
  • What colors must be used for text and background?
  • Is contracted Grade 2 Braille necessary?
  • Which signs need to have Braille?
  • Are raised characters mandatory?
  • What are the visual requirements for lettering?
  • Which signs must carry pictograms? Which pictograms?
  • How must the signs be mounted?
  • Does a private restroom need ADA signs?
  • What about private rooms not open to the public? Do they need ADA signage?

We’re a BIG time saver. You focus on getting the building open. We take care of the ADA signs.

We let you focus on the architectural, structural, and MEP, so you can keep your attention on the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural matters rather than getting bogged down with government regulations.

Helping Maximize Your Time

When you work with Cushing, your account manager reviews the drawings and marks all the locations that need ADA signs. Once we identify every required sign placement, we’ll send a signage package to you for review.

Saving You Energy and Time
How much time does this save?

At least a few hours; more likely several days. If you don’t know the intricacies of the ADA regulations and try to do this on your own, we could be saving you weeks of back and forth with the building code people who are well aware of ADA requirements and who can be sticklers on the fine details.

Your ADA Provider, Today and Tomorrow

We’d love to be your resource for ADA signs & installation. How can we help you?

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