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A&E SEPTEMBER 2016 • a-e-mag.com 27 There is no height restriction for visual characters, but dual purpose signs should have a significant difference between the height of the tactile characters and the visual characters. Otherwise, you lose the point of having two sets. Visual char- acters can be upper and lower case; in most cases, that is recommended for easy reading. Just be sure that everything con- veys the same message: tactile characters, braille and visual characters. OTHER GENERAL RULES The next question we get asked is, are there any rules for other kinds of visual signs? They aren't really "ADA signs," are they? Yes, indeed they are! Any directional or informational sign or text about the permanent room or space that is identi- fied with raised characters and braille does have to follow the rules for visual signs. Some signs have tactile sections and visual sections. For instance, a room iden- tification sign might have a tactile room number (with braille) to identify it, and then have its function in visual format. If the function might change from time to time, it can be printed on an insert. It's important to remember that the vast majority of people who have various kinds of vision conditions that limit their ability to read signs are able to see. Only a small percentage of the population has no usable vision at all, and an even smaller percentage read braille. That is the pur- pose of the tactile characters. The ADA was passed to help everyone in our society have access and to be safe in our communal and public spaces. Way- finding, safety and identification signs that are readable by everyone, by those with reduced vision from any special condition, and those who need easy-to- read signs because they don't hear verbal directions, or even by those who are color blind, help us realize the promise of this important Civil Rights Act. For more information, check out www. access-board.gov, as well as my manual, "Signs and the ADA/ABA," available at www.accesscommconsulting.com. Sharon Toji, aka "The ADA Sign Lady," has been w o r k i n g w i t h state and nation- wide committees and organizations since 1992 to help designers, sign companies and owners of facilities to implement ADA sig- nage standards. She originally represented the sign industry on the American National Stan- dards Institute (ANSI) committee that writes the standards and now is the voting delegate for the Hearing Loss Association of America. She has written many articles on the topic, with the first one for NBM's Sign Business Magazine back in 1992. Her manual "Signs and the ADA," recently revised to include the 2010 revision of the ADA Standard, is used by people who want to learn about legal and accessible signs across the United States. You can learn more at http://www.accesscomm consulting.com. A&E This dual purpose sign gives the client the silver they wanted by hiding the tactile information in a metallic footer. The visual information is large and easy to read, and a pictogram gives access to someone who has cognitive disabilities. www.jrscoinc.com NEW f o r 2 0 1 6 V I S T A Sign Systems JRS & Vista Manufacturing Agreement JRS now offers the wide selection of Vista's curved faced signage system capable of accommodating many substrates and manufactured to the exacting standards set by JRS in our 50 plus years of manufacturing experience. Contact us at 626-967-2432 or jrsinfo@jrscoinc.com for more information or a free sample. aemag ad 2_advertisement 3/23/2016 4:29 PM Pag

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