Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

As the song by Five Man Electrical Band goes:

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind,

Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?”

Let’s share The Good, Bad & The Ugly of what I found this time.

THE GOOD (Do this):

This is an example of a good sign. It meets all the requirements with height size, letter type and Braille as specified per TAS 4.30. Take special note that this sign does not contain the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA), the ISA is NOT required on this toilet room signage where all toilet rooms in the facility is accessible. Typical for new construction.


(Don't Do This)

While this sign provided for the proper requirements for the sign in terms of character and the provision of Braille, this sign does NOT display the correct ISA. International symbols are particular designed to be visible level and any deviation from its design IS a violation.

The Ugly

(Don't Do That)

Let’s set aside the actual requirements for an accessible signage (character size, Braille, etc.), which this sign has none of. Let’s really talk about its function. While the sign is informative. How does a person in a wheelchair supposed to inquire about a wheel chair ramp inside if they need the ramp inquire inside? When providing signage make sure it makes sense.

….and finally…..

The Ridiculous

(Can't you read the sign?)

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