• Your ADA Signage and COVID Risks for the Visually Impaired
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    Posted on: September 25, 2020
    Posted by: Graphicworks Staff

    One of the major considerations of ADA signage is for those who have visual impairments.

    This is the reason many ADA signs need to include braille lettering and high-contrast colors that can be read by people who may have trouble seeing or cannot see at all. With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, it’s important to make sure that those who rely on ADA signage are not at greater risk for exposures and that your ADA signage and your facility itself are prepared for those with visual impairments.

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    Greater Risk

    Having a visual impairment does are not make an individual any more susceptible to the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 than anyone else. However, the lifestyles of those with visual impairments – such as the need to use public transportation, interact more with the world physically and reliance on touching and being in close contact with human guides – more can put them at greater risk of exposure. And some diseases that cause vision problems, like diabetes, can increase the risk of a more serious COVID infection. So, it’s important for those with visual impairments to do whatever they can to decrease the chances of exposure, but also your responsibility to help with this.

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    As we mentioned, one of the major things included in most ADA signage is braille lettering. But because braille needs to be touched in order to be read, there’s a greater chance of this signage spreading viruses, even beyond the new coronavirus. So, it’s a good idea to be disinfecting ADA signage, just as you would other surfaces in your workplace or facility. The same goes for the fact that although the high-contrast colors of your signs may improve visibility, there may be a need for some to stand closer to these signs to read them. This can lead to accidental sneezes or coughs possibly causing droplets to land on these sings which may then be touched for the braille to be read.

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    How to Help

    The good news is that most experts agree that touching surfaces is not the main way COVID-19 spreads. They also agree that touching a surface and then touching your nose, mouth or eyes can possibly lead to infection. So, disinfect your ADA signage, encourage handwashing in your facility. And if you notice an individual with a visual impairment, make sure they’re aware of hand sanitizing stations or restrooms where they can wash their hands in your facility.

    For expertly made ADA signage that meets regulations, contact the signage professionals at GraphicWorks.