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Accessible OHIO: How to maintain accessibility when using temporary signs

Published: February 26, 2020 Author: Staff reports

At Ohio University, we embrace that we have a collective responsibility to create the opportunity for people with disabilities to have an accessible and inclusive experience whether a student, employee, visitor, or community member. There are many simple ways we can all contribute to the development of an accessible and inclusive environment. Accessible OHIO: It’s What We Do highlights a series of actions that any of us may take – no expertise required!  
How can I maintain accessibility when using temporary signs?

Temporary signs are frequently used to assist people to find an event, locate an office or designate detour routes during construction projects. When signs are not carefully placed they may block pathways or entrances, cause trip hazards, or block navigational information for people with disabilities. Three basic tips to avoid creating a barrier are:

•    Place signs to the side of pathways away from curb cuts, ramps, railings, doorways and door openers 
•    Assure the base of the stand is as wide as the sign (create a physical perimeter on the floor around the stand if the base is too small)
•    Keep existing signage, if accurate, exposed and maintain access to read Braille information

If you identify a temporary sign issue along a public pathway that you are unable to solve, please fill out the OHIO’sReport an Accessibility Barrier form. 
The Office for University Accessibility is available to assist you in assessing temporary signage placement. 
Creating a more Accessible OHIO: It’s What We Do.