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IDENTIFICATION OF ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES & FEATURES (USA)


ENTRANCES, RESTROOMS, AND BATHING FACILITIES

The international symbol of accessibility must be displayed at accessible entrances, if all entrances are not accessible. Directions, including the symbol, must be provided from inaccessible entrances to accessible ones. Similar guidelines apply to restrooms and bathing facilities.


PARKING AREAS

Accessible parking spaces and loading zones must be marked by a sign showing the symbol of accessibility 6. located so it cannot be obscured by a parked vehicle. An installation height of 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum is required above the ground to the bottom of the sign. Note: Some states have their own requirements, such as California, which requires 80 inches (2032 mm). Also, if the sign is in the public way, it may qualify as a protruding object and must be 80 inches (2032 mm) above the ground.


ASSEMBLY AREAS

The international symbol of access for hearing loss must be displayed where assistive listening systems are required together with a description of the system installed.


AREAS OF RESCUE ASSISTANCE

Areas of rescue assistance must be identified with illuminated and/or non-illuminated signs including the international symbol of accessibility. Instructions must be posted on how to use the area during emergencies. Inaccessible exits must be identified as such. Where all exits are not accessible, signs including the symbol are required to direct visitors to areas of rescue assistance.


PUBLIC TELEPHONES

Text telephones must be identified with the TTY symbol. Volume control telephones must be identified by the volume control symbol. Where all telephone banks are not so equipped, directions including the appropriate symbols must be provided to guide users from unequipped telephone banks to equipped ones.


ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS

Assistive listening systems must be identified by the international symbol for hearing loss together with a description of the system provided.


PROTRUDING OBJECTS

The law requires that no objects, including signs, shall protrude more than 4 inches (101 mm) from the wall surfaces or 12 inches (305 mm) from posts or pylons on a horizontal zone between 27 inches (686 mm) from the floor to 80 inches (2032 mm) from the floor. Similarly, all corridors, halls, etc. shall have a minimum headroom of at least 80 inches (2032 mm).

The pictograms shown here are required on specific signs to help identify accessible entries, restrooms, rooms with listening systems, public phones, etc.


ISA - International Symbol of Accessibility

ISA - International Symbol of Accessibility


Access for Hearing Loss Symbol

Access for Hearing Loss


Volume Control Symbol

Volume Control Symbol


International TTY Symbol

International TTY Symbol