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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) aims to make Ontario accessible by 2025 through the development, implementation, and enforcement of standards relating to 5 areas: customer service, employment, information and communications, transportation, and the built environment (buildings and outdoor spaces).

The standards goal is to ensure that all Ontarians can take part in everyday activities — working, shopping, taking public transit, using the Internet, attending sporting and cultural events, and enjoying parks and other public spaces.

Our team is ready to help you navigate the intricacies of AODA compliant signage, through design, proofing, production, and installation.

The Importance of Braille and Tactile Signage
Braille and tactile signage are crucial for promoting accessibility and inclusion for individuals with visual impairments. Here are 5 reasons why they are important for your facility.
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Accessible Signage FAQs

Braille signs are tactile signs that use raised dots to represent letters, numbers, and sometimes whole words or phrases in the Braille system. Braille is a system of raised dots arranged in a grid of six dots, with each cell representing a different letter, number, punctuation mark, or symbol. These signs are primarily used to provide information to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, allowing them to read through touch.

Braille signs are commonly found in public spaces such as elevators, restrooms, classrooms, and other areas where information needs to be communicated effectively to all individuals, including those with visual impairments. They play a crucial role in ensuring accessibility and inclusivity for people with vision disabilities.

These signs typically feature raised elements, such as letters, numbers, symbols, or graphics, allowing people to feel the information with their hands. Tactile signs serve as a vital means of communication for those who rely on touch rather than sight to navigate their surroundings.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 is a statute enacted in 2005 by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Canada. Its purpose is to improve accessibility standards for Ontarians with physical and mental disabilities to all public establishments by 2025.

According to Braille Literacy Canada: “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was ratified by the Canadian government in 2010. The Convention mentions braille and tactile signage specifically. Article 9(2)d requires that public spaces employ signage in braille and forms that are easy to read and understand.”

When we think of braille signage we often only bring to mind wayfinding signage but not necessarily braille for all the little things we interact with. When we consider all the special terminals and devices we interface with in a public space it’s easy to see the important of including braille on more than just signs. This goes beyond just elevator buttons and intercoms but also more complex devices like ticketing terminals and ATM machines.

There are many options for braille signage on the market and some off the shelve solutions may be more cost effective it’s important that your accessible signs don’t feel like a retrofit. This will serve a dual purpose of ensuring the visual consistency of your space but also create a more inclusive environment where accessibility is not just a second thought. Custom signs can range in price based on the materials and form factor. It’s best you consult with a sign expert to determine a price that works within your budget.

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