How to get a street sign, A Story
I have two wonderful, beautiful kids. My kids, like many other children, have special needs. Both of my kids have been diagnosed with a rare, but not unheard of, a genetic mutation called Ushers Type2. This means that both of my children have hearing loss, and will eventually go blind. We've been blessed to have as much support as we have, from family, friends, and our community. However, kids grow and like any other kid, mine want to go outside and play in our front yard. So we decided to get a sign put up for their safety.
Getting a deaf/hard of hearing sign was our first choice of signage. We soon however came to realize that our wonderful community didn't support this, or really any signage. Months upon months of research, reach out, and frustration finally led us down a path of realizing how little support our small community does for our special needs children outside of key areas.
For parents who may have of need to find signage for the safety of their children, I would suggest looking into the laws and bylaws of your community. If you have an HOA, start here. You will probably need to have any signage approved first. Find out the requirements, or if there are any rules about what can be displayed even on your front lawn.
If you are in a community that does not have an HOA, your next step is your city if you are within the boundaries of one. Contact your city ordinance office and tell them you are wanting to know what signs are preapproved and the laws surrounding street signage. If you are in a smaller city, you may be able to talk directly to your representative or even the department of Roads & Signs.
If you don't fall in the city limits, like us, you will next need to go to your county. Get in contact with your Roads & Signs department. This might fall under transportation, or fall under engineering. Find out who is in charge of signage in your area and what signs are preapproved. If you are lucky enough to find out your County supports your needs the next step is finding out what it takes to get one installed, it may be as simple as putting in a request!
Another option with your county is finding out who your representative is and contacting them directly! Explain your situation, and ask them to find out what the laws are regarding your situation. It may even prompt them to update some of these laws!
Finally, see what your state has to say about signage. Every state is different, and while we have a national benchmark for street signage there is nothing about it that supports special needs.
Don't give up hope, and see what other solutions you might come across. We were in the process of petitioning for a speed hump in our neighborhood when our sign was finally approved. Be willing to adapt, but hold steadfast. It took us upwards of a year to finally get our sign!
Mother of 2 amazing special needs children,