270 Free Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons

271 Description

271.1 General

Subject to the standards below and DMM 703, matter may be entered free of postage if mailed by or for the use of blind or other persons who cannot read or use conventionally printed materials due to a physical handicap. Matter for the blind in international mail is limited to the following:

  1. Books, periodicals, and other matter (including unsealed letters) impressed in Braille or other special type for the use of the blind.
  2. Plates for embossing literature for the blind.
  3. Discs, tapes, or wires bearing voice recordings and special paper intended solely for the use of the blind, provided they are sent by or addressed to an officially recognized institution for the blind.
  4. Sound recordings or tapes that are mailed by a blind person.

271.2 Eligibility

Eligible participants must be residents of the United States, which includes territories, insular possessions, and the District of Columbia, or American citizens domiciled abroad.

271.3 Matter Sent to or by Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons

Acceptable matter and the conditions for mailing such matter that may be sent free under this standard are limited to the items described in 271 and DMM 703.