When packing your Braille machine for postage.
Ensure it does not exceed the limits that are set out below.
A Braille machine sent in its wooden case is too heavy for this service, you only need to send the machine.
So what to do for packing.
Ensure that the end paper roller knobs are protected, as they do shatter if the package falls over when being transported.
Likewise packing around the keys does help stop these from being broken.
Use a good card box or plenty of bubble wrap.
Put a note in there if possible written in Braille as I am not able to read print, or a computer printed document, not hand written.
It also helps if you could send me an email so I know to expect it and I can contact you if any extra work needs undertaking.
I will also then be able to email you a document to print out and then fix to the package with my address.
So the guidance for using the blind free post follows.
Photo of a pile of boxes:
Royal Mail operate a scheme called Articles for the Blind which allows blind and partially sighted people to send certain items of post free of charge.
Who can use the Articles for the Blind scheme?
If you are blind or partially sighted, then you can use the scheme.
Organisations working with blind and partially sighted people mailing items specifically prepared for use by them can also make use of the scheme.
What you can send using the scheme.
You may only send items that have been specially produced or adapted for the blind and partially sighted people using the Articles for the Blind scheme.
Items covered by scheme are:
• books, papers and letters - either embossed or in large print (minimum font size 16)
• computer disks and CDs which have been prepared for the blind or partially sighted people
• relief maps
• spoken audio, video (with added commentary - audio description) and electronic media
• Talking Books and talking newspapers which are recordings of readings from printed books, journals, newspapers, periodicals or similar publications, but not entertainment programmes which are available on radio or recordings.
• equipment used to play or record audio, video and electronic media such as Talking Books and Talking Newspapers
• electronic and optical magnifiers
• games, mathematical devices watches, clocks and measuring equipment
• embossed or blank plates and devices for producing tactile information
• stationery for tactile information for mail
• mobility aids including sticks and guide dog equipment.
Items not accepted under AFB:
• music audio (more than two minutes of music or more than 10 per cent of the total duration).
• printed material in a font smaller than 16, unless it is a faithful copy of information that has been transcribed into Braille, tape, CD, disk or large print, and were it accompanies the transcribed version.
Weight and size of items
The maximum weight limit of any package is 7kg. The size limits are:
• rectangular packages - maximum dimensions of 610 mm by 460 mm by 460 mm
• cylindrical packages - the length must not exceed 900 mm and the length added to twice the diameter of the packet must not be more than 1040 mm in total.
How the scheme works
Royal Mail treats items sent by the scheme as first class mail.
To use the scheme, the mail you post must have 'Articles for the Blind' on the front cover, either on a label or in writing. It must also show an external return address.
All mail sent by the scheme is subject to inspection by Royal Mail, so you must leave it open, or it must be easy to open and re-seal, or the contents must be visible through the wrapper (enough that Royal Mail can easily confirm that the contents comply with their rules). The only exception is heavy or fragile items, which can be sealed provided prior notification is given via Royal Mail Customer Services.
However, I have not been challenged if a package is closed up.
Royal Mail recommends that you do not send personal, sensitive or confidential correspondence such as health or financial information using the scheme as there is a risk that it could fall out of an unsealed envelope and be disclosed at any point in its journey. Send this type of correspondence as normal: sealed and with paid-for mail.
Royal Mail will levy surcharges if someone uses the scheme when they are not allowed to, or if someone sends an item that is not covered by the scheme.
Usually Royal Mail will try to avoid levying a surcharge against the recipient, however, in some cases this will be unavoidable, particularly where return addresses are not provided on the label. If return addresses are provided, then Royal Mail will return items to the sender (without surcharge but requesting that full postage be paid before re-posting).
Telephone; 07961 406739 or 0114 220 7007