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Disabled signs

In everyday speech, people often still say handicapped, even if the correct word is disabled. This is reflected in sign names, as many people say handicapped signs. However, the correct term is disabled sign. Whatever the name, the signs are aimed at people with a disability, primarily those who use a wheelchair.

The most common function of a disabled sign is to show where something is adapted for wheelchair users. This may be a toilet or parking spaces, for instance.

Disabled signs – Different functions

Toilet 

In public spaces, there is always a toilet for wheelchair users. These toilets feature a wider door, support bars near the toilet and alert buttons. They are clearly marked with a sign depicting a person in a wheelchair. If a shower is available, that too is shown on the sign. 

Parking 

The sign with a blue background and a white silhouette of a person sitting in a wheelchair clearly marks parking spaces intended for disabled people. Colloquially, this is known as handicapped parking. 

Mark a ramp

If there are steps up to an entrance, a disabled sign can be used to indicate the location of an entrance with a ramp. Sometimes a sign can also contain information that a temporary ramp is available if personnel are alerted.

There are also ramp signs that highlight jetties specially constructed to help wheelchair users bathe. These ramps are found at holiday resorts and indicate a jetty with a gentle slope down to the water.

This category also includes disabled signs specially designed to draw attention to an emergency exit – quite simply escape routes without stairs. 

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Examples of Disabled signs

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9 DISABLED PARKING ONLY

Aluminum sign

11.8 x 15.7 in

$92.02

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9 PARKING ONLY

Plastic sign engraving

9.8 x 11.5 in

$68.12

Created with Fabric.js 1.6.6 TOILET

Plastic sign engraving

5.9 x 1.8 in

$11.93

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9 WHEELCHAIR ACCESS RAMP

Plastic sign engraving

7.9 x 11.6 in

$61.01

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9 CAUTION Disabled access ramp

Decal

11.8 x 15.7 in

$23.30

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9 WC

Plastic sign engraving

5.9 x 5.9 in

$34.28

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9 ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE

Plastic sign engraving

9.8 x 11.6 in

$68.44

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9 RESERVED PARKING

Plastic sign engraving

7.9 x 11.6 in

$54.92

Created with Fabric.js 1.7.9

Aluminum sign

3.0 x 3.0 in

$36.99

Created with Fabric.js 1.6.6

Plastic sign engraving

3.9 x 3.9 in

$18.02

Created with Fabric.js 1.6.6 RESTROOMS

Plastic sign engraving

5.7 x 1.6 in

$11.08

Created with Fabric.js 1.6.6 RESTROOMS

Plastic sign engraving

5.7 x 1.6 in

$11.08

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