Wayfinding systems need to incorporate regulations in the local country such as to accommodate disability regulations and local governmental or security laws and rules. Wayfinding covers a numbers of areas and takes place in a wide range of environments and so the complexities surrounding the regulatory laws are many. Below are some of the main bodies whose rules and regulations often need to be factored into wayfinding design,
- British Standards Institution – the BSI list all of the ISO and other relevant standards which can also apply to wayfinding and signage.
- Disability Rights Act – It is important to ensure that any wayfinding system you design or work with, meets certain demands which are laid out in the disabilities act. Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) – Part 5 governing public transport can be especially useful for wayfinding designers in the UK.
- Access to Airport travel – a useful guide by the Department of Transport on your rights with air travel.
- Transport Right for the Disabled – some useful information on travelling by train, plane, ship, taxi, bus or coach. Some general but useful to read advice. (UK government site).
- From the Equality & Human Rights site, their guide on your rights as a disabled traveller.
- Wayfinding design practrice to match disability laws – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) (United Nations, 2006, 2008).
- U.S Department of Transport Accessibility Rules.