Braille and Tactile

Braille and Tactile signage are essential for individuals with visual impairments, promoting independence, equal access to information, legal compliance, emergency preparedness, social inclusion, and dignity.

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Types of AODA/Accessible Signs

Braille signs

Braille is a form of tactile writing learned and used by the visually impaired, including individuals who are blind, deafblind, or who have low vision. The raised pattern of dots represent different characters and can be read with the eyes, as well. Braille signs have domed or rounded braille dots with a height of 0.6 to 0.9mm and a base diameter of 1.5 to 1.6mm. Contracted braille is used for signs with sentences comprised of 10 or more words, and uncontracted braille is used for floor directories and signs with 10 words or less.

Tactile Signs

Tactile means “understood through sense of touch”. Characters and pictograms are raised 0.8 to 1.5 mm above the surface, and have Grade 1 Braille located directly below the associated pictograph or large text. All doors within the public spaces of a facility should be identified with tactile signage.

Where are accessible signs needed?

Accessible signs should be provided for any feature of a building that would normally be given a print sign. Signs have three functions:

Informational

communicate information

Directional

direct to a facility or service

Locational

identify a location

It’s recommended that braille and high-contrast tactile print signage be provided in the following places. These are examples only and do not represent an exhaustive list.

  • Washrooms and Showers – both general and specifically accessible facilities.
  • Elevators – controls and floor indicators.
  • Numbers on stair landing handrails to allow identification of floors.
  • Office and hotel room name/number plates.
  • Emergency doors and exits.
  • Emergency evacuation instructions.
  • Cautionary signage.
  • Floor and building directories.
  • Door controls on public transportation vehicles – emergency and standard.
  • Free telephones in shopping malls.
  • Bus stop and train platform numbers.
  • Signage in assembly areas and gathering places (arenas, stadiums, auditoriums, places of worship).
  • Operating instructions e.g., for vending machines or toilets.

Where detailed information is provided through signage, for example emergency evacuation instructions or building directories, consider providing this information separately in alternative formats such as braille with tactile diagrams, large print, accessible electronic text and audio. This allows building users to read and refer to the information when they are not standing directly next to the sign.

Did You Know?

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.

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