Accessible Signage

Accessible Signage

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): BJ Epstein, Senior Designer, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Target Audience: Architects, CASps, Sign Makers, Designers, Building Inspectors
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

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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.


  • Participants will be able to correctly and accurately measure signage in the field and on design documentation for compliance with code
  • Participants will be able to identify the difference between contracted and uncontracted braille on signage
  • Participants will be able to properly place signage that identifies permanent rooms and spaces
  • Participants will be able to analyze which signage needs to be tactile vs. visual only

Speaker Bios:

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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.


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