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Topic: is it still free to send mail to blind and disable persons

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Subject: is it still free to send mail to blind and disable persons
Date Posted: 2/11/2010 10:54 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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I know few years back you used be to able to send mail

to some one who blind or disable and not included any postage on the enevelop
i was just wondering if that rule is still in effect?

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 11:16 AM ET
Member Since: 2/10/2008
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Yes. Here is a link to Publication 347 that gives some details...... http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/pubs/pub347/welcome.htm

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 12:10 PM ET
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The link seems to say that blind and disabled people can send mail without postage, not that anyone can mail to a blind or diabled person for free.  The mailer has to be certified by an authority.

Q: Who is eligible to mail items free of postage?

A: Persons who are blind or who cannot read or use conventionally printed matter due to a physical handicap.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:27 AM ET
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Yeah, but then later down on that page it says this:

Q: Who can mail eligible matter postage-free and to whom can it be mailed?

A: Individuals, libraries, and other noncommercial organizations serving eligible persons may mail the above matter free of postage to eligible persons and to organizations serving eligible persons. Eligible persons may return matter to the mailers free of postage. Eligible persons may exchange the above matter among themselves free of postage. Libraries and other noncommercial organizations may exchange such matter among themselves free of postage.

Commercial producers of the above matter may mail such matter free of postage to an eligible person on the additional condition that if a charge or fee is required it does not exceed the cost of the matter.