Accessible Signage: 2010 ADA Standards and 2019 California Building Code (2 MCEs)

Do you struggle with accessible signage? Are you familiar with the codes, but unclear on the reasons behind them? Do you think accessible signage has to be ugly to be compliant? This session will explore the 2010 ADA Standards and 2019 California Building Code, the reasons behind them, and how to get the best possible accessible signage that looks excellent and satisfies the needs of multiple categories of users.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Learning Objectives

  1. Correctly and accurately measure signage in the field and on design documentation for compliance with code.
  2. Identify the difference between contracted and uncontracted braille on signage.
  3. Properly place signage that identifies permanent rooms and spaces.
  4. Analyze which signage needs to be tactile vs. visual only.


About the Presenters

BJ Dietz Epstein is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) who works as a Senior Designer in the MAD Lab at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She earned her Masters of Architecture from Iowa State University, with a specialty focus on Accessibility. She has over 10 years of experience as an Accessibility Consultant. At the LightHouse, BJ reviews and approves signage for the Mayor’s Office on Disability and the Department of Public Works. In addition, she creates tactile maps and graphics for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Caitlin O’Malior has been working in the blind community for eight years. She worked at the California School for the Blind as a teaching assistant in the Braille and Elementary programs for six years of those years. She began working as an Alternate Media Specialist at LightHouse in April of 2018, where she has been able to further her skills in Braille transcription and production. She is currently in the process of completing the NLS Braille Transcribers Certification program. Among her many duties as an Alt. Media Specialist, Caitlin has taken on the role of reviewing signage for ADA and CBC compliance. Her professional background paired with her personal experiences as a visually impaired woman have given her the skillset and insight to be a valuable member of the Accessible Signage Review team.


Pricing + Registration

  • AIASF Member: $30
  • General Admission: $35
  • AIASF Student Member: $25

Registration will close on Wednesday, October 16

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