Make sure that your clients can get in touch with their customers through Braille and tactile signs, which has been a part of building regulations for over 10 years thanks to the 2004 Disability Discrimination Act. As almost 20,000 people and over 2 million people are visually impaired in the UK, it is important to be inclusive, so that all people can understand the information that you need to inform customers of. Braille is a tactile reading and writing system that uses a series of six raised dots called ‘cells’ that are arranged in different ways to represent letters of the alphabet, numbers, symbols and common words. The Braille code is very complicated, but it is essential for it to be a part of a sign and to technically conform to the appropriate standards. These signs should be positioned at a consistent height around the building and positioned in specific areas so that they are easily detectable.
We use the Raster™ method of Braille, which is ADA-compliant. This method enables us to produce perfectly rounded Braille dots with a clean and uniform appearance. Not only is it soft to the touch, but it is also soft on the eyes, which ensures that there is no glare to guarantee comfort for people who are visually impaired. Our Braille signs are also self-adhesive so that they remain as pleasant to the touch as possible, without the edges of screws or sharp corners, but also easy to install, as they simply adhere to the surface that you are looking to install it on. The colour of Braille and tactile signage is also an important factor as the signs need to be as obvious as possible so that they stand out in their environment, so colours that are in contrast with their surroundings.
These are the materials you can choose from:
- Non-Acrylic plastic engraving stocks
- Acrylic or Plexiglass plastics
- Machine Grade Steel
- High-Pressure Laminates
- Phenolic or Fibre-reinforced plastics
- Expanded PVC Plastic
- Solid-Surface Materials (Corian™)
- Hard Stone (marble and granite)
- Soft Stone (Sandstone)