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Visual summary of ADA signage

An essential visual summary of ADA

Signage and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Download our visual reference on U.S. ADA signage standards

Luminant Design has created an illustrated guide of sign design requirements contained in the U.S. Department of Justice's 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The 2010 ADA SAD is mandatory as of March 15, 2012 for most public and commercial spaces in the United States. Luminant Design's easy-to-read illustrated guide includes visual summaries of accessible changes in level, protruding objects, accessible routes, walking surfaces, elevator landing requirements, parking spces, tactile signs, visual signs, pictograms and exclusive details on LRV value clor contrast and ADA compliant fonts.

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THIS DOCUMENT AND ITS AUTHOR ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE UNITED STATES ACCESS BOARD OR ANY OTHER U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCY. THIS DOCUMENT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES ACCESS BOARD OR ANY OTHER U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCY. The content of this document is for reference only and is provided "as is" with no warranties express or implied, including without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. This document is derived from the official publication of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design by the Department of Justice and US Access Board, based on guidelines proposed by the US Access Board's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities, 36 CFR Part 1191. While care has been taken to accurately represent the original source materials, the author's visual reinterpretation of these materials, commentary and supplemental content should not be construed as legal advice concerning compliance with any laws or regulations.

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