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Braille Fails

Braille Fails Abide

I decided to have a little fun this week and bring some extra laughter to your home or office by sharing these ridiculous braille fails. This is purely meant as satire and is not to be taken seriously so you’re not allowed to be offended ;) .

Braille fails are everywhere. If you’re sighted, chances are you’ve never noticed. Why would you if you’re not a braille reader? Therein lies the problem……..

I’d be willing to bet most of the braille fails shown below were made by sighted people who never took the time to think about the end readers. I’d also bet their intentions were honorable at the time but come-on; is it really too much to ask for them to think a little more about the blind population who will be reading said braille? 

Maybe the embarrassment of these fails will make them think twice next time. Enjoy!

Image of an office sign braille fail with printed characters instead of embossed characters

Whatever company hung this sign on their wall was either trying to be compliant with the ADA by including braille or trying to pull a fast one by making themselves look compliant. The braille characters are in print only and cannot be felt by hand.

Image of a billboard promoting a Stevie Wonder concert with braille characters spelling his name

I’m sure the Kansas City Starlight Theatre had the best intentions when designing this billboard but I doubt anyone’s going to want to climb the ladder to reach the braille on this giant sign. At least I hope not! ;) Doesn’t look like the braille is tactile anyway.

Image showing a sign that says "Caution Hot Glass" in print and braille

This one is painfully obvious! If you don’t want people touching the hot glass; don’t hang a sign that has embossed braille on it.

Image showing a "No Entrance" sign in print and braille. Only problem is the braille is flat an not readable.

Not only is the braille on this “No Entrance” sign illegible because it’s not tactile; it doesn’t even list the correct braille characters, LOL!

Image showing a 2012 calendar with printed, flat braille characters on the top

You’d think if anyone could get braille right it would be the folks at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. Think again ;) ! Here’s a shot of their 2012 calendar featuring braille under the title; only problem is it’s print only. Duh!

Image showing a print and braille sign on a building but the sign is way too high for anyone to reach

Here’s a sign that’s mounted outside the Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia. They got the braille right but how is anyone going to reach it when it’s 10 feet above the sidewalk? That’s a 2nd story balcony in the background!

Image showing a print and braille sign that says "Caution. This door opens outwards, please do not stand directly in front of the doors."

This one is pretty self explanatory…. :) ! Perhaps this print & braille sign should’ve been placed on the wall next to the door.

Image showing a subway emergency intercom with the phrase "speak when the light flashes" written in print and braille.

This emergency intercom on a subway car is hilariously asinine! Did the manufacturers even take 5 seconds to think about blind people who may need to call-in an emergency?

Image showing a paper sign with printed braille characters on it.

Is this a joke? I sure hope so because you’d have to be pretty dense to think blind people could read this sign.

Image showing a "Do Not Park" sign in print and braille

This fantastic braille fail was spotted by one of my followers on Twitter. What a riot; braille on a no parking sign! The braille transcription is right-on but lets hope there aren’t any braille readers driving around the area.

Perhaps in the future more sign manufacturers, office managers and printing & marketing agencies will be more conscious about exactly what the ADA requires and how people read braille.

Until then, Braille Fails Abide.

14 comments to Braille Fails

  • Liz Meek

    Oh my goodness! These are great or sad depending on your perspective. I see these things around all the time and think, what ARE they thinking? Oh right, they’re not!

  • Virginia Goodman

    These are good. My favorite one that I’ve spotted was a sign for the restrooms, over the center of the doorway, a good 7 feet up.
    A very tall Braille reader, indeed!

  • Carmen

    How funny. Thanks for the laugh.

  • I hear that Liz; it would be nice if everyone thought of the reader when creating braille signage but I guess there will always be people who mess-up. On the other hand; if people didn’t make braille fails, we’d wouldn’t get to enjoy these good laughs, lol :)

  • Nice one Virginia! Were you in a basketball arena at the time, lol?

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  • Geoff

    There were braille letters on the station numbers at the local Department of Motor Vehicles that hung from the ceiling. It’s a brand new facility, less than a few months old.

    I’m 6 foot and don’t think I could reach them without jumping.

  • Dan TeVelde

    I loved these comments. In my office building there are signs on the restroom doors and plates near the elevators. The only problem is that they were installed upside down. When someone asked me why I was reading with my hands at such a strange angle I explained the problem. I reported it to the building engineers and it was promptly fixed so now I can read the signs. Now even the print is readable by touch.

  • Ah, the good old DMV. They are obviously only posting Braille on the signs to staty compliant with the ADA because if they really cared they’d have to realize no one can reach the signs in the first place.

  • That’s hillarious Dan! Glad to hear they made the effort to flip the signs right-side-up so people can actually read them :) . Thanks for contributing to our Braille Fails post and havve a good day!

  • Bobbie Suttie

    Braille on keypad of driveup ATM machines?

  • Yeah I’ve seen a ton of jokes online about why drive-up ATM’s have braille on them Bobbie but there’s actually a legitimate reason for it. All ATM’s are manufactured the same whether they end up being placed in a drive-through lane or near the front door of a bank. It’s more cost-effective for manufacturers to build one type of ATM rather than two so that’s why we end up with braille characters on drive-up ATM machines. It’s still pretty funny though :) . Thanks for commenting Bobbie!

  • Lou

    I’ve been know to walk up to the drive-up ATMs. Also, I liked some of the McDonalds beverage lids with braille on them. One of the dumbest things I ever did was to check out the braille on those thin lids on a cup of coffee. I’m not sure who was smarter–the cup designers or me.

  • One of my Twitter followers said the same thing Lou; he walks-through the drive-through some times instead of using the regular walk-up. Once someone honked their horn at him but he said he didn’t care and ignored it and never had any other problem. Hope you didn’t burn your fingers on the coffee cup lid Lou. Have a great day and thanks for contributing your comment.