Question: I’m so embarrassed! I thought I knew every 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) change, but changes to design guidelines for interior sign height caught me off guard. I had to correct someone on my punch list review when I realized the error. Please address this so your other readers don’t make the same mistake. -- Aubrey, Miss.
Answer: I made the same mistake! As closely as I studied the updates, I realized the change only when questioning a sign’s height. Here’s the scoop.
|1994 Accessibility Guidelines
|2010 Accessibility Guidelines
| 4.30.6 Mounting Location and Height
Where permanent identification is provided for rooms and spaces:
|703.4.1 Height Above Finish Floor or Ground
Tactile characters on signs shall be located:
Click here for other details regarding signage.
| This graphic is from the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (USFAS) Retrofit Manual.
The U.S. Access Board recently posted an animation that explains these and other design considerations. Click here for more information.