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Signage


Signs can inform people with disabilities of a:

  • route (a floor plan and/or directory should be installed at the main entrance or at a designated location on the floor of entry, to advise of the position of the main building components)
  • hazard (ie. exits and fire exits should be adequately signed from all around the building)
  • facility (ie. wash room facilities should be adequately signed from all around the building

Picture of various signs.


The kinds of adjustments that you could make include:

Pre-arrival, Arrival and Reception

  • Larger establishments must provide signage/symbols to locate facilities.
  • Clear, well-illuminated signage indicating escape routes must be evident.
  • If entry to an establishment is by entry bell/door bell or intercom then it is advisable to know the estimated time of arrival for your guest. An alternative procedure by which to gain entry, where entry is by voice communication, could be a sign with written instructions saying 'press buzzer 3 times if you cannot communicate via intercom and/or cannot use entry phone'.

Public areas

  • Signage throughout must be clear and easily understood.
  • Clear information about the layout and use of areas to enable a clear sense of direction. Clear information in signage form is essential for people with hearing impairments who feel awkward about asking or cannot ask.

Entrances

  • Signs must be simple, consistent, not written in upper case only and must contrast with the surface they are mounted on.
  • Tactile and braille signs must be provided.
  • Any instruction signs must be in larger print and possibly braille.

Interior

  • Signs must be simple, consistent, not written in upper case only and must contrast with the surface they are mounted on.
  • Larger establishments must provide signage/ symbols to locate facilities.
  • Any instruction signs must be in larger print and possibly braille.
  • Accessible facilities (if provided), must be clearly signed.
  • Accessible facilities must be clearly signed at a height convenient for wheelchair users.

Picture showing the number 33 in raised numbers and braille underneath the figure.

Parking

  • Accessible entrance and designated parking bay clearly signposted from the car park/entry to car park.

Internal passageways and corridors

  • It is difficult to determine whether glass doors are open or in existence therefore a sign, sticker, handle etc must be used to make it apparent.

Picture showing a sign indicating the second level with a large 2 numeral, the word level and braille. Numeral and letters are raised.

Lifts

  • Lift locations must be clearly sign posted throughout the establishment with guiding tactile markings and braille.

Bedrooms

  • Any instruction signs must be in large print and possibly braille.

Picture showing a directional sign for bedrooms with an arrow, braille and pictogram of a person sleeping in a bed.

Bath, Shower and Toilets

  • Shower controls should have clear visible signs, preferably embossed for on/off and hot/cold or marked with tactile marking fluid.

Kitchen

  • Equipment such as ovens and hobs should have clear visible signs, preferably embossed for on/off and temperature or marked with tactile marking fluid.

Picture of a Push sign with brialle.

Approach/Car Parking

  • Accessible entrance and designated parking bay clearly signposted from the car park/entry to car park.


Acknowledgement

The information contained in this section was collected from the following source:

Picture of a directional/directory sign combining text, symbols, pictures and colour.


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