Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped
Updated October 1996
This Customer Support Ruling
discusses the provisions for transcribers and typists to mail
material as Free Matter for the Blind and Other Physically
Under the provisions
of Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 703.5.2.1, sighted nondisabled
volunteer transcribers and typists may mail, postage free, Braille,
recorded, or large print books, magazines, or pages thereof to an
eligible, disabled individual for their use or to an agency or
organization serving the blind and physically handicapped.
printed material in regular size print cannot be mailed postage
free, neither by handicapped individuals nor organizations, even
though the intent is to transcribe or record such matter for the use
of blind and handicapped persons. Such material is subject to the
applicable rates of postage.
All matter mailed
under DMM 703.5, must show the words "Free Matter for the Blind or
Handicapped" in the upper right corner of the address side.
Anita J. Bizzotto
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436