Although Braille has been in use since 1834, the ADA requires it to be used in some signage and as a reasonable accommodation (if available) in written material for people with disabilities who request it.
Places of public accommodation, commercial and government facilities must mount tactile and/or Brailled signage at doorways to permanent rooms and on doors that open inward, automatically close or have no hold-open devices.
Braille can be read on paper or via specialized devices and computer screens. Although Braille documents on paper are quite bulky and technological advances have lessened the use of Braille, people who are blind continue to find advantages in using it because it provides direct access to information. It allows the user to read at their own pace and is quiet.
Braille is used in a plethora of items to allow people who are blind to learn, play and perform daily tasks. Braille can also be used as a simple accommodation for workers who need tactile information to perform jobs using machinery and in places like restaurant kitchens.
Thanks to the ADA, people who use Braille can be accommodated and have access to jobs, information and a quality of life that might otherwise not be available to them.