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ADA Compliant Signs in Kansas City

Did you know when it comes to manufacturing and installing ADA compliant signs there are several things to consider besides just the Braille lettering.


The colors chosen for background as well at the tactile features of the sign must contrast as much as possible.  That is the reason you see a lot of restroom signs that are blue with white, black with white, and ivory with black tactile features.  The contrast in color allows a person with low vision to better view the sign.

One way to “generally” ensure you are in compliance is to have a dark background color (i.e. black) with a light colored (i.e. white) tactile features.


When designing an ADA compliant sign, the designer needs to take into consideration there are really 3 sections to each sign.  One area for the pictogram, one for the tactile lettering, and one reserved for the braille lettering.  Consistency in the design ensures a person who is visually impaired can touch the sign and then know where to find the information conveyed on the sign.


The mounting height for tactile signs (signs with not only Braille lettering, but also raised pictograms or lettering) must be mounted as follows:

Minimum height: 48” from the floor to the baseline of the lowest level of tactile copy

Maximum height:  60” from the floor to the baseline of the highest level of tactile copy



Not only is the height important, but also the placement on the wall.  In general signs should be located on the strike side not hinge side of the door.  If there is not enough room, then it can be located on the nearest adjacent wall.  Other locations can be used depending upon the type of door.

Types of Braille

Braille is a system of raised dots arranged in cells. Any combination of one to six dots may be raised within each cell, and the number and position of the raised dots within a cell conveys to the reader the letter, word, number, or symbol the cell represents. There are 64 possible combinations of raised dots within a single cell. Due to the varying needs of Braille readers, there are three different grades of Braille.

Grade 1

Each possible arrangement of dots within a cell represents only one letter, number, punctuation sign, or special Braille composition sign – it is a one-to-one conversion. Individual cells cannot represent words or abbreviations in this grade of Braille.

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Grade 2

Introduced as a space-saving alternative to grade 1 Braille. In grade 2 Braille, a cell can represent a shortened form of a word. Many cell combinations have been created to represent common words, making this the most popular of the grades of Braille and is the type of Braille used in the design and manufacturing of ADA signs.



Grade 3

The last of the grades of Braille, grade 3, is essentially a system of Braille shorthand. Because it has not been standardized, it is not used in publications.


With all of the different requirements for ADA signs it can be very confusing.  Pathway Signs and Graphics is here to help you chose the best interior signage for your business or office space.

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Interior Signage for Your Kansas City Office Building

Do you manage a Kansas City area or rent an office suite inside an office building? Adding interior directional signage for Kansas City customers, clients, patients, associates or business partners to enjoy is a good choice when aiming to make their experiences at your building positive and hassle-free.

There are three basic reasons why you should carefully consider the addition of these markers:

  1. Allow visitors to your office location the ability to find their way around with the assistance of wayfinding signage throughout the office.  It is always an option to provide a staffed reception or lobby area, but not necessary with the proper wayfinding signage.
  2. Colors, shapes and typefaces of logos greatly underscore the brand identity of your management company or business. Adding the right type of signage introduces and reinforces your brand visually..
  3. Using a well-designed combination of maps and markers in the building will make a great impression on your visitors.  Proper signage makes this possible.

Other great ideas for your interior business signs are:

  • Frames – Choose framed signage for room or office markers. When the usage of the room changes or the office’s occupant moves to a different location, you can take the inserted paper or plastic and re-use it at the other location. As you put the space back to use, you have the option to immediately add occupant or room use info easily. Since the frames remain in place, there is a minimum of damage to walls due to mounting and re-mounting of signs.
  • ADA lens covers – Since compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is mandatory for building owners, it is a good choice to add ADA lens covers to all signs that you currently display. While there are a few exceptions to the mandatory requirements, they do not usually cover long-term wayfinding makers.

  • A directory lists occupants of a building or office suite in alphabetical order or in order of the assigned room (suite) numbers. These directories are excellent for display near elevators and stairs, which is usually where visitors to a building will initially look for occupant information. Consider the purchase of a directory with more slots than you need. This gives you plenty of space to display multiple listings for one suite or company.
  • Amenity signs.Help visitors to your building find the restrooms, pay phones and other amenities. Mount signs from the ceiling or wall, which makes them easy to see from both directions of a hallway.
  • Freestanding pylons.A freestanding directory that allows you to highlight the location of suites or service areas is a good solution when you operate an intricate office complex or medical services building. With a large property that is spread out , the elevator directory is only somewhat useful. A great idea is to add freestanding pylons at a number of junctions to help visitors find the right direction.  Use markers on the arrows to highlight and reinforce the correct direction.

Do all the options for interior directional signage seem overwhelming?  Contact Pathway Signs and Graphics and we will gladly come out for a site evaluation and pinpoint possible areas where wayfinding markers and interior signage options will make a huge difference.

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Why Trust Your Interior Signage to a Professional Sign Studio?

Interior signs are a vital component of your overall marketing message and brand. Although they seem to blend in with the interior decor of your store or business, they actually serve as interaction points between you and the customer.  A professional sign studio can help make sure your message is professional and projecting your brand to your customers.

Sure, there are the interior signs Kansas City locals see that are hand written that are frequently seen at small indoor venues, plenty of outdoor stalls and during sidewalk sales. If you use this type of sign, are you selling yourself short?  The experts at Pathway Signs and Graphics can help create great looking business signage for your company.

Professional Layout

A well-crafted sign has the power to turn a window shopper into a customer. A professional layout is a crucial element of connecting the buyer’s perceived need with the seller’s available merchandise.  Add too many style elements, and the sign gets cluttered and does not deliver the message. Be too simple in your design, and you fail to communicate important details. A professional sign maker has the expertise to balance information with visual look for a functional sign that communicates perfectly to your target audience.

A Good First Impression

Visit new stores and pay attention to the interior signs. Kansas City area shoppers do the same thing on a daily basis.  Sure, these shoppers’ first overall impressions of a store are based on exterior signage but once they enter the business, there is a second chance for a first impression. Do not make a mistake here! Even if the exterior of the store looks welcoming and interesting, so-so interior signs can destroy this impression and make the shopper regret or question the decision to give your business a chance. Professional sign studios know how to keep the message of the exterior signage going and transfer it to the inside.

Underscore the Branding

You want your store to be associated with a certain type of product, brand name or service option. Experts refer to this type of association as “top of mind awareness.” Creating it calls for repetition of the message. Although exterior signage is a huge factor in branding, interior signage is a frequently overlooked repetitive component that communicates to an audience that cannot help but take in its message.

Encourage the Impulse Buy

Bringing it down to dollars and cents, interior signage is great at encouraging the impulse buy. Take the time to observe the check-out lines at most major supermarkets. See how many impulse buys of candy, gum and small convenience goods take place at the tail end of a shopping trip. You can achieve the same with well-placed and expertly created signage. Appeal to the customer’s sense of happiness, accomplishment and whatever needs your products fulfill. A professional sign studio can help get to know your business and find out what makes your customers delighted in your products. They can then create signs that capitalize on this information.

It is clear that something as important as your interior signage should not be left to amateurs or anyone who lacks visual expertise or access to durable materials.  After all, you want your signs to last for a while. So, why go with an outfit that cannot deliver the kinds of materials to make this possible? Visit us at Pathway Signs and Graphics today. Find out what we can do for your business’ interior and how we can reach your customers and help your business develop a rapport with your buyers that you did not think was possible.

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