Not many people realize it, but the largest minority in the United States includes people of every race and ethnicity, and of every economic level, and of every background: People with disabilities. 54 million people, or 19 percent of the civilian non-institutionalized population, including 10 percent of people age 18 to 64, have disabilities. When we stop to consider that fact, it becomes clear why our public places need to, and want to, be accessible for such a large segment of our population. Perhaps the most recognizable way we assure access to public facilities and businesses for persons with disabilities is by using a handicapped parking sign to reserve parking spaces close to entrances. While a few states have designed their own disabled parking sign, most states use the Federal R7-8 handicap parking sign.
The R7-8 Federal Handicap Parking Sign and Van Accessible Sign
The 12x18 R7-8 Handicapped Parking Sign and its companion 12x6 R7-8A Van Accessible sign, are the only handicapped parking signs included in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). We manufacture our federal handicapped parking signs and van accessible signs with the materials, size, color, image, font and letter height specifications required by the MUTCD.
States That Use the Federal R7-8 Handicapped Parking Sign:
Alaska (AK), Alabama (AL), (Arkansas) AR, Colorado (CO), Delaware (DE), Hawaii (HI), Iowa (IA), Idaho (ID), Indiana (IN), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Massachusetts (MA), Maryland (MD), Maine (ME), Mississippi (MS), Montana (MT), North Dakota (ND), Nebraska (NE), New Hampshire (NH), New Mexico (NM), New York (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Wyoming (WY)
Click here to view a list of States using their own design for handicapped parking signs
The Law Behind Handicap Parking Signs
The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 is intended to prohibit discrimination based on disability. Using handicapped parking signs to reserve parking spaces for the exclusive use of persons with disabilities, as well as providing ramp access to stores, schools, and other public places, and making restrooms accessible have come about in response to the ADA law. The ADA was passed in 1990, over 20 years ago. Yet many properties and businesses, both small and large, are still not in compliance with ADA laws. In some states, such as California, a citizen not only can bring a lawsuit for access to a business or public place covered under the ADA, but can also sue for monetary damages. Handicapped parking signs that reserve parking stalls for the exclusive use of citizens with disabled or handicapped parking permits are probably the most visible effect of federal and state ADA laws.
Buy State and Federally Approved Disabled Parking Signs
We construct all of our disabled parking signs whether the Federal handicapped parking sign or state-specific handicap parking signs, to the same high-quality specifications required by the MUTCD code. Our ADA parking signs are made in America, right here in California, in our third generation family-owned sign factory. We use American materials, including heavy-gauge aluminum and 3M reflective sheeting and 3M outdoor-rated transparent inks. In fact, our reflective handicap parking signs are rated by 3M for at least 7 years of all-weather outdoor use without showing any fading.
And you can DOUBLE the working life of the handicap parking sign you buy by having us add 3M 1150 Protective Overlay Film (POF). 3M's high-tech POF laminate protects sign faces against fading caused by the sun and harsh weather and also makes graffiti damage easy to clear away without harsh abrasives, eliminating the cost and time spent in replacing graffiti-damaged signs.
Installation of all our federal and state approved handicapped parking signs is easy because we include pre-drilled holes at the top and bottom center. The hole pattern aligns with most standard u-channel or square signposts. What's easier than that?
Whether you are a store, school, landlord, property manager, or business owner looking to bring your property or business into compliance with the correct and legal handicapped parking signs, you can find what you need at STOPSignsAndMore.com And if you don't see what you need, we also make custom handicapped parking signs and ADA parking signs. Call us toll-free, 1-888-931-1793