When’s the last time you made sure your business’s ADA signage was up to date?
In 2020, all Colorado businesses must comply with the sign regulations stipulated in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADAAG). Among other things, these bills outline federal civil rights laws that prohibit any businesses from discriminating based on disability by failing to display the proper ADA compliant restroom signs or accessible parking signs.
Back in 2016, the Denver Channel reported on dozens of Colorado businesses being hit with Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits.
In this case, all 65 lawsuits were filed by a single man, Santiago Abreu, a Florida resident who lives with multiple sclerosis and partial paralyzation that forces him to use a wheelchair. Abreu identifies himself as a “tester to discover, encountering, and engaging discrimination against the disabled in public accommodations.” His litigious campaign began in the summer of 2015, with targets ranging from the luxury Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs to fast food restaurants on Colfax in Denver and Breckenridge’s Main Street.
Abreu’s lawsuits accused these Colorado businesses of committing a series of technical ADA violations, which included restroom counters and soda dispensers being placed too high, entryways being too narrow, and—you guessed it—no ADA compliant restroom signs.
Some have criticized Abreu, claiming he and his attorney exploit well-meaning ADA regulations to strong-arm Colorado businesses into paying settlements. Others see Abreu as a champion of the disability movement. Believe it or not, of Abreu’s 65 lawsuits, none appear to have ruled in favor of the business owners!
Wherever you stand on the subject, know this: ADA compliant restroom signs are 100% non-negotiable! Don’t let your business get added to Abreu’s list.
Without ADA compliant restroom signs and accessible parking, your business spurns a considerable percentage of potential customers, which means suboptimal sales and potentially irreparable damage to your brand reputation. Furthermore, companies caught without proper ADA compliant restroom signs and accessible parking may be liable for fines up to $75,000, which doesn’t include the cost of new signs!
Marvel Custom Signs offers unparalleled ADA sign expertise. Whether you need something standard or unique, we have what you’re looking for, with a selection of winning templates and the option of complete customization. As ADA experts, we will help you choose the appropriate sizing, installation area, text, colors, real depth, braille, and pictograms.
This year alone, we’ve helped dozens of Colorado business owners keep their brands compliant and inclusive with signs that look great and welcome all comers. It only takes one phone call!
Marvel Custom Signs is located at 8392 South Continental Divide Rd Suite 103, Littleton CO 80127. We proudly serve the areas of Highlands Ranch, Ken Caryl, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, and the surrounding areas. And if you’re not local, no problem: as Signworld partners, we can offer nationwide shipping.
To start your free ADA sign consultation and get free quotes on ADA compliant restroom signs, accessible parking displays, and more, visit the Marvel Custom Signs homepage or call 720-738-1686 to speak with a member of our team.