Using Braille Tactile Signs Around Your Business Premises


This article is about Braille tactile signs. Braille tactile signs help people who are blind or visually impaired to navigate around a space, such as a restaurant, store, office or residence. Read on to find out more about how to use Braille tactile signs around your business premises.

Elevators and escalators

Braille tactile signs are directional signs that indicate directions of travel. They are placed at the entrance of an elevator or an escalator, indicating which floor the elevator or escalator will arrive at and which direction is being travelled. If possible, Braille tactile signs should be placed on the back of the elevator or escalator. Braille tactile signs consist of vertical lines where the dots are raised from the surface of the sign. Braille tactile signs have directional arrows that correspond with specific letters and numbers that indicate floors being travelled to.

Information points

Information points are a type of Braille tactile sign for information that is written in the raised dots. They are placed at locations throughout a retail environment to convey information from the staff. Information points can be used to give advice on things like prices, product availability and special offers. Information points can be made from a variety of materials and can be constructed as permanent features or temporarily placed.

Emergency exits

Braille tactile signs can also be used to help people who are blind or visually impaired reach safety in an emergency. Braille tactile signs must also be placed on the outside of fire escapes and emergency exits to guide people out of buildings in the event of an emergency. Fire escape routes are generally marked with Braille tactile signage as well as non-Braille signage.

Toilets and restrooms

Braille tactile signs tell people who are blind or visually impaired where toilets and restrooms are located in a building. Braille tactile signs should be constructed as permanent fixtures and placed in close proximity to toilets.

Front doors

Braille tactile signs help blind people identify the location of the front doors of buildings where they are visiting or working. They can also be used for other doors around your business premises.

Pedestrian road crossings

If your business has a parking lot, it is a good idea to install Braille signage near pedestrian road crossings so those with limited vision can identify safe locations to cross the road.

If you would like to find out more, please contact a sign maker today.


13 April 2021

Using Signs to Educate and Inform Children

Hello, my name is Nicole, and I spent the happiest years of my life as a preschool teacher. In that role, I learned how to inspire children, how to present them with consistency and how to catch their attention. In addition to all of the tactile and motor-related activities we did in my preschool, I also used a lot of signs and posters. Though trial, error and extra research, I learned what works when it comes to signs. In this blog, I plan to write about years' worth of firsthand experiences and behind-the-scenes research. My hope is that my experience helps you to design and find signs of your classroom, regardless of the age of children with which you are working. Please explore and enjoy my blog on signs and education!