What is the Articles for the Blind scheme?
Articles for the Blind is a postal scheme operated by Royal Mail which allows certain items to be sent to blind and partially sighted people for free.
You can only send items and equipment which have been specially produced or adapted for someone with sight loss, for example braille and audio documents, guide dog equipment, mobility aids or assistive technology.
To be sent under the scheme, items simply need to be labelled "Articles for the Blind" on the front of the envelope or package and must also have a return address. The following size and weight limits apply:
- rectangular parcels: maximum dimensions : 610mm x 460mm x 460mm
- cylindrical parcels: the length must not exceed 900mm and the length added to twice the diameter of the packet must not be more than 1040mm in total.
- The maximum weight limit of any parcel is 7kg.
For more information on Articles for the Blind, including restrictions which apply, visit our Articles for the Blind page.