In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal access and opportunity for those with mental and physical disabilities in the areas of employment, public entities, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications and more.

In 2010, additional provisional regulations were signed into effect to revise the area of Accessible Design, enhancing the lifestyles of the over 54 million disabled Americans. These regulations ensure that public spaces have, among other accessibility features, clear pathways and curbed ramps.

For integrators, this law affects the planning of many digital signage applications—from kiosks that sell tickets to video wall displays, to name a few.

In our recent webinar on ADA compliance, we discussed these regulations in greater detail and offered participants insight on how to apply these regulations to digital signage installations.

For example, video walls that are between 27″ and 80″ off the floor must be less than 4″ off the walk to allow for the visually impaired to easily walk past.

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In the past with large and bulky displays, ensuring compliance in this area was a bit more complicated. Most often, this required integrators to recess displays into the wall, which took more time and was often more complicated and expensive.

Now, displays are getting slimmer and lighter. For example, many of Samsung’s commercial displays measure in at around 2″ deep or less. These displays combined with our 1.87″ DS-VW755S mount’s quick release function for service and accessibility make ADA compliance easy.

ADA regulations also apply to the construction and functionality of digital signage kiosks.

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For example, if your device has touch features, the maximum height off the ground is 48″, with a max reach of 10″. A reach larger than this requires a shorter kiosk.

With our enhanced technology, integrating ADA compliant kiosks has become easier. Advanced IR sensors are used to determine height and cater the placement of touch items on displays in accordance with ADA regulations.

A multitude of additional options exist for compliance in digital signage, including voice responsive software, Braille keyboards, and tactile signs.

For additional details on ADA compliant design, you can listen to our webinar, here. Or, comment on this blog—I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!