We see them everywhere. They are often prominently displayed in parking lots, on roads and at public facilities. Do they make a difference? Absolutely! Our world is comprised of many different people including, of course, those with disabilities. There is no question that the signage put in place to assist such individuals with accessibility, safety and inclusion is vital. It is vitally important that we all need to adhere to disability signage to create a more equitable world.
Promote accessibility and inclusion.
We all know the iconic blue and white wheelchair symbol. It should go without saying that such disability signs are not mere decorations. They represent a commitment to accessibility and inclusion. When we adhere to these signs, we are sending a powerful message that we value the participation of individuals with disabilities in every aspect of society.
Accessible parking spaces, for instance, are strategically located to provide individuals with disabilities with closer access to buildings and facilities. By respecting these spaces, we ensure that those who need them can go about their daily lives with greater ease. Accessible signage also extends to ramps, elevators and wide doorways. They make spaces more welcoming and easy to navigate for everyone, regardless of their physical abilities.
Ensure the safety of all.
Disability signs are not just about convenience. They are about safety too. Consider signs indicating the presence of tactile paving. They help people with visual impairments to navigate streets and intersections. Ignoring or neglecting these signs can pose serious safety risks.
Properly marked crosswalks, with features like audible signals and tactile markings, enhance pedestrian safety for individuals with visual or hearing impairments. Failing to adhere to these signs can lead to accidents and injuries.
Foster respect and awareness.
Adhering to disability signs encourages us to be mindful of the diverse needs of our fellow community members. It reinforces the idea that everyone deserves equal treatment and consideration. Rick Hansen is a Canadian track and field athlete who became a paraplegic after being in a pickup truck crash at the age of 15. The now 66 year-old British Columbia-born activist and philanthropist for people with disabilities is the founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation.
“Creating an accessible and inclusive world is a part of a global commitment to human rights in Canada’s constitution,” informs Hansen on the foundation’s website, “According to Statistics Canada, there are close to 3.8 million Canadian adults (or 1 in 7) that are living with a disability…Accessibility is not just important for people in wheelchairs; it benefits anyone with hearing, vision, or mobility challenges. It benefits your mom, parents with strollers, or someone with a temporary disability.”
Obey the law.
Non-compliance of adhering to disability signs can result in legal penalties and damage to a person or company’s reputation. Adhering to these laws and regulations not only ensures legal compliance but also demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility and ethical business practices.
At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we proudly offer a wide range of mobility solutions, accessibility devices and bathroom modifications. We are intent on helping those with disabilities to live comfortable, independent lives. For more information or to book an in-home no-obligation consultation, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!