Let Cadwell Design + Sign help you decide if your office signage is compliant with Massachusetts state and Federal Americans with Disabilities Act mandates. Accessibility is a right for all that enter your business, so be sure to show support for their varied needs. From custom Braille signs in your lobby to updated restroom signs, Cadwell Design + Sign can provide the exact custom signage needed to earn a tenant occupancy certificate before you move into your new office location or open your new business.
Sign Codes and Requirements
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) includes a variety of accessibility standards and guidelines. This Act covers everything from the width of pedestrian walkways and wheelchair access to the size, location, and use of Braille signs in all office locations and buildings. It also covers the size and spacing of sign letters on signs and the exact grade of Braille dots needed to comply with the law. All permanent rooms, meeting rooms, room numbers, restrooms, elevators and exit signs must have ADA compliant signs with domed Grade 2, Braille. For any owner or property manager of an office building, business or facility serving the general public, ADA enforcement can have a large impact if you do not meet code requirements. Cadwell Design + Sign are experts on the sign codes and regulations and can help design, build, and install code compliant sign systems.
There have been more than 50,000 ADA-related lawsuits across the US since the law was passed and local building code and the ADA have set new penalties ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 (with a cap at $150,000 for non-compliance), plus attorney’s fees, for not meeting accessibility requirements. Some payouts can be higher than $75,000. In addition, companies can not move into a building or receive a tenant occupancy certificate until they meet all ADA sign codes and requirements.
ADA Violation Enforcement
ADA regulations are enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice. The regulations covered include those governing state and local government services under ADA Title II and public accommodations under Title III.
The DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy provides technical assistance on ADA compliance, but its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Civil Rights Center is tasked with enforcing ADA requirements.
Partnering with experienced ADA sign vendors like Cadwell can protect against unwarranted lawsuits and identify issues that can be fixed to make a facility ADA-compliant. They can also provide a time frame to make corrections and establish an intent to correct any existing code issues. It is best to meet code requirements before you move into an office rather than respond to a violation after the fact. In addition, ADA compliant Braille signs require specific fonts, sizes, and designs to meet code. Some states now require unisex or gender-neutral ADA compliant signs. Call Cadwell for an ADA compliant sign system or code review on sign sizes, styles, fonts, colors and placements.