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Title VI
Limited English Proficiency

Executive Order 13166 – Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency, August 2000 is directed at implementing the protections afforded by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related regulations. Accordingly, it prohibits recipients of Federal financial assistance from discriminating based on national origin by failing to provide meaningful access to services to individuals who are LEP. This protection requires that LEP persons be provided an equal opportunity to benefit from or have access to services that are normally provided in English.

Linguistically Isolated Households Map (pdf)

Who is a limited English proficient person?
According to FHWA, a limited English proficient person is an individual who does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.

Federal LEP Website: http://www.lep.gov/index.htm

LEP Criteria
ODOT follows Department of Transportation guidance that outlines four factors that should be applied to the various kinds of contacts that we have with the public to assess language needs and decide what reasonable steps they should take to ensure meaningful access for LEP persons:

  1. The number or proportion of LEP persons eligible to be served or likely to be encountered by a program, activity, or service of the recipient or grantee.
  2. The frequency with which LEP individuals come in contact with the program.
  3. The nature and importance of the program, activity, or service provided by the recipient to people’s lives.
  4. The resources available to the recipient and costs.

ODOT LEP Plan (2012) (pdf)
Web link to LEP Video 

Contents

 Mission Statement
 What is Title VI?
 Public Involvement
 Program Objectives
 Environmental Justice
 Americans with Disabilities Act
 Limited English Proficiency
 Local Governments
 Discrimination Complaints
 Resources Within ODOT Major Programs
 Resources and Links
 Related Links
 Title VI Forms