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Individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and/or who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English are considered limited English proficient, or LEP. Entities that receive federal financial assistance must take reasonable steps to provide LEP individuals meaningful access to the programs, services, and information that they provide.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on national origin. In addition, Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency,” requires federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to LEP persons, and develop and implement a system to provide access to services for individuals with limited English proficiency.
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