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Office of Civil Rights

Limited English Proficiency

English is the predominant language of the United States and according to the 1990 Census is spoken by 95 percent of its residents. Of those residents who speak languages other than English at home, the 1990 Census reports that 57 percent of U.S. residents above the age of four speak English “well to very well.” The United States is also, however, home to millions of national origin minority individuals who are limited in their ability to speak, read, write and understand the English language. The language barriers experienced by these persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) can result in limiting their access to critical public health, hospital and other medical and social services to which they are legally entitled and can limit their ability to receive notice of or understand what services are available to them. Because of these language barriers, LEP persons are often excluded from programs or experience delays or denials of services from recipients of Federal assistance. Such exclusions, delays or denials may constitute discrimination on the basis of natural origin, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


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For additional information relating to National Origin Discrimination please visit:

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/lep/

http://www.LEP.gov/

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