Braille signage | Tactile solutions for the visually impaired

Signarama can assist with any tactile or braille signage that you may require. Tactile signs are signs that can be read by touch. Raised print and symbols and braille are tactile elements used in signage. Tactile or braille signage is used at entrances, exits and spaces that require visually impaired people to know certain information or warnings. This signage is most commonly placed on walls or on the side of door handles, latches or locks to make it easier for visually impaired individuals to locate them.

What is Braille?

Braille is a tactile system used by visually impaired individuals to read and write. This system uses raised dots to represent elements of the alphabet, numbers and punctuation. The language uses ‘cells’ to display each character, consisting of six raised dots. These dots are emphasised and arranged within two columns to represent specific characters.

Why is it important to invest in braille signage?

Braille signage helps eliminate communication barriers for visually impaired individuals. By communicating in a comprehendible form to visually impaired individuals, you have the assurance that the information conveyed in your signage is understood as intended. Whether you want to provide wayfinding information or crucial instructions in case of an emergency, braille signage will help you bridge the gap to guarantee that everyone can receive and understand this information. As maintaining inclusivity is a priority for most businesses, this signage can also be used to emphasise that consideration was given to everyone in your space.

Important considerations for braille signage

Tweaking certain design elements on traditional signage options accompanying your braille signs can greatly benefit visually impaired individuals. Using raised prints, fonts or edges make it easier to read the sign, even with a lack of braille.

Since half-rounded and stylised fonts are harder to read, they should be excluded as far as possible. Sticking to either uppercase or lowercase lettering, rather than a combination, is also best as it is easier to interpret. When finalising braille signage, it is important to verify that all braille included adheres to the Unified English Braille Code.

Due to the nature of braille signage, it is important to consider various factors regarding the placement to ensure the efficacy of your installation. Tactile signs that are intended for children should be installed lower to make them easier and more accessible to touch. The opposite should be implemented when the signage is intended for adults.

If your space has double doors, related signage should be installed on both sides to ensure that it can be easily found. To further aid this, spacing should be implemented between tactile and other signs to avoid confusion.

To ensure that visually impaired guests, clients, or employees are accommodated at your business, speak to Signarama about your tactile and braille signage needs. We have a full range of signs that can be produced and installed with these considerations in mind, to guarantee the comfort and safety of everyone in your space!

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