Braille signs are way-finding signs with a difference. These signs are intended to make facilities accessible to the visually impaired people and have corresponding shapes of dots taken from the basic six dot Braille cell. All rooms and offices that are permanent and accessible to public are being advised to have Braille signs.
Braille Signs require ingenuity of design; at ENG we are experts at making your facilities comply with the ADA regulations while making them appear aesthetically appeasing. We have the resources available to create the Braille sign in a number of mediums; the design depends upon the fabrication method for instance, etched signs may need artwork with Braille dots that look like mere pinheads and with character strokes that are very slender. The etching & developing process will create a rounded Braille dot and a shoulder on all the characters will make them easy to read. Braille requires understanding the basic rules that cover character styles, sizes, and depth and material finish and contrast and pictogram fueled size and placement. Using a combo of stock signs and specials, we are able to reduce cost for small or large scale tactile & braille sign projects
- Character Proportion
Letters and numbers on signs are to have a width-to-height ratio between 3:5 and 1:1 and a stroke-width-to-height ratio between 1:5 and 1:10.
- Character Height
Characters and numbers on signs are sized according to the viewing distance. The minimum height is measured using an upper case X.
- Raised / Brailled Characters / Pictorial Symbol Signs
Letters and numerals are to be raised 1/32 in, upper case, sans serif or simple serif type are accompanied with Grade 2 Braille. Raised characters shall be at least 5/8 in (16 mm) high, but no higher than 2 in (50 mm). Pictograms are accompanied by the equivalent verbal description placed directly below the pictogram.
- Finish and Contrast
The characters and background of signs are to be eggshell, matte, or other non-glare finish. Characters and symbols shoud contrast with their background ; either light characters on a dark background or dark characters on a light background.
- Mounting Location and Height
Where permanent identification is provided for rooms and spaces, signs shall be installed on the wall adjacent to the latch side of the door. Where there is no wall space to the latch side of the door, including at double leaf doors, signs shall be placed on the nearest adjacent wall. Mounting height shall be 60 in (1525 mm) above the finish floor to the centerline of the sign.
- To enable blind or partially sighted person to access the information
- Makes a building more accessible
- Raises the profile of the organization
Braille signs can be used in various places, including:
- Elementary & secondary schools
- Nursing homes
- Office buildings
- Conference Palace- Abu Dhabi
- Emirates Palace - Jumeirah Road, Dubai
- Wellcare Hospital- Garhoud, Dubai