Testing Accessible Signage Standards

An example of three variations on the same sign that display braille at different locations in relation to the text.
An audio introduction to the Accessible Signage Testing project.

“Advancing Communication through Signage and Wayfinding”: A partnership project

PEACH Research Unit and eyecandy SIGNS INC. of Halifax, Nova Scotia, have teamed up to perform this experiment testing accessible signage standards in real spaces to collect users’ experiences of different signage types and designs. We will be conducting an onsite survey with individuals with and without disabilities. The survey asks for your feedback on the effectiveness of the signs that we have created based on accessible design standards and your experience using the signs. This study will be ongoing throughout the summer of 2022 in various locations in Downtown Halifax.

Our team has set up signage for testing in the B-Building of Dalhousie’s Sexton Campus in downtown Halifax. The survey is available in paper format when research assistants are present onsite, or can be taken on your own using the button above. Questions include how comfortably you can reach signs with tactile elements, how easily you can read signs from a distance, or which signs display content in the most intuitive way. Anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to take this survey. Please review the consent document at the bottom of this page before participating.

Schedule

B-Building, Sexton Campus

Signage testing and surveys are currently being conducted in the B-Building of Sexton Campus at 1360 Barrington St. in Downtown Halifax.

Sexton Campus is located behind the Halifax Central Library. Accessible entrances to the B-Building are located off of DaCosta Row and Norma Eddy Lane. Norma Eddy Lane connects to Morris St. DaCosta Row connects to Barrington St.

Wednesday, June 29

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Research assistants wearing orange PEACH t-shirts will be inside the B-Building.

Thursday, June 30

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Research assistants wearing orange PEACH t-shirts will be inside the B-Building.

Monday, July 4

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Research assistants wearing orange PEACH t-shirts will be inside the B-Building.

Tuesday, July 5

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Research assistants wearing orange PEACH t-shirts will be inside the B-Building.

Wednesday, July 6

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Research assistants wearing orange PEACH t-shirts will be inside the B-Building.

Thursday, July 7

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Research assistants wearing orange PEACH t-shirts will be inside the B-Building.

Friday, July 8

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Research assistants wearing orange PEACH t-shirts will be inside the B-Building.

Saturday, July 9

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Special event day! Come take a survey, eat a snack, and talk to special guests about accessible signage and wayfinding!

Welcome to the B-Building!

Survey Consent Form

Silhouetted figures of varying ages and abilities interact with different signage types.