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How to Create an ADA Sign Audit Without the Headaches

Planning for an ADA signage project is not only a matter of design, but also compliance. The laws that govern tactile signs, the Americans with Disabilities Act, carry consequences for building owners when not followed, so it is up to designers and architects to ensure that their clients remain compliant every step of the way.

The best way to begin this process is with a simple ADA sign audit, which is also known as a message schedule This will help teams identify which signs a building needs and where they need to be placed. Whether you are working on a single building or an entire campus, follow these steps to get started.

Step#1: Obtain All Applicable Plans

Building/Campus architects should have all the necessary facility plans and campus maps. These will help identify emergency exits and evacuation routes, as well as determine the function of any rooms located within the building.

Any additional fire and safety codes (based on state law) should be compiled, as well.

Step #2: Identify Permanent Spaces

Using the facility plans, teams should begin marking off rooms that must be labeled with the appropriate ADA signs. 

According to ADA signage requirements, rooms that have a permanent function (i.e. bathrooms, etc.) must be labeled with identifiable tactile signs. There must also be signs that give information or direction about permanent rooms located throughout the building.

See a full list of tactile signs that every building is required to have.

Step #3: Create a Database of Signs and Locations

Sign types, locations and any other specifications (i.e. size, color, content, etc.) can be tracked using a spreadsheet or database program. This will keep track of the amount of signs required that need to manufactured. When referenced alongside a map of the facility or campus, this will also help create an ADA compliant evacuation plan that directs people towards the nearest exit. These plans are required to be displayed on every floor of a building.

Step #4: Start Designing Signs Today

Our 101400 Studio makes it easy for sign designers to get project tailored specifications in minutes. You can select from a variety of tactile sign styles and colors, input your project specifications and simply download your design drawings instantly. It’s completely free to and very easy for designers to use.


If you have any questions about our signs or our thermoforming process, contact our team today.