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Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

A mother and childThis section includes information pertaining to persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). This means persons who are unable to communicate effectively in English because their primary language is not English and they have not developed fluency in the English language. A person with Limited English Proficiency may have difficulty speaking or reading English. An LEP person will benefit from an interpreter who will translate to and from the person’s primary language. An LEP person may also need documents written in English translated into his or her primary language so that person can understand important documents related to health and human services. Information on OCR's work in the area of nondiscrimination on the basis of national origin can be found on our National Origin Discrimination web page.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis of race, color or national origin requires recipients of Federal financial assistance to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to their programs, services and activities by eligible LEP persons.

LEP Resources