Raised print or large print signs
Figure 4-9. Example from Australia; a sign with raised print and Braille is mounted vertically on a round pole to the right of an APS. The sign reads "GEORGE ST. 275-339R".
The name of the street that the pushbutton controls is printed in high contrast raised print or large print on the sign above the pushbutton housing or on the pole.
Some individuals who do not read Braille may be able to read large print, or raised print. However, raised print must be large enough to be read with fingertips. Imprinting the street name in the area available can be problematic.
The street name on a device should be the name of the street whose crosswalk is controlled by the pushbutton.
A combination of information formats, raised characters, Braille, and audible information, will accommodate the most users.
When to use
Raised print signs may be particularly useful in area with large numbers of senior citizens.
As noted above, the MUTCD in Paragraph 11 of Section 4E.09 states: "The name of the street to be crossed may also be provided in accessible format, such as Braille or raised print."
How used by pedestrians who are blind or who have low vision
A pedestrian who is familiar with the installation of raised or large print but unfamiliar with the particular intersection would search the sign to learn or confirm the name of the street that is controlled by the pushbutton.
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