Sign & Digital Graphics

August '16

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SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS M ore than 25 years ago, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was first signed into law, it necessitated massive changes in the sign industry. The new laws—which aim to increase accessibility to public spaces for those with disabilities—demanded signage that was both easy to read and easily understood through the tactile touch—Braille. More recent addendums and modifications to the ADA law have tightened up and clarified many of those specifications. ADA Successful strategies for creating attractive ADA-compliant signage Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide-format print- ing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imag- ing publications and websites. He can be reached at 64 • August 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has posed challenges and afforded opportunities for the sign industry. (Image courtesy of Howard Industries) Signage B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R ] Tactile characters must be accompanied by Grade 2 Braille. (Image courtesy of Vista System) signage

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