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LEP (Limited English Proficiency)

Individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English can be limited English proficient, or "LEP." These individuals may be entitled language assistance with respect to a particular type or service, benefit, or encounter. Federal Law requires programs to be accessible to LEP individuals. Many individual federal programs, states and localities also have provisions requiring language services for LEP individuals.


General information is available in several languages for LEP individuals from a number of resources.

Limited English proficiency
http://lep.gov/faq.html

Multilingual health information in 50+ languages is available at
http://healthlibrary.stanford.edu/resources/foreign/hmong.html

Environment Protection Agency- Aging Initiative- fact sheets in multilanguages
http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/index.htm#lowlit

Resources for consumer health information in many languages
http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/multi.html#A2

Information for new immigrants
http://www.uscis.gov/newimmigrants

Links to Federal Resources in other languages
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/multilanguage/multilang.htm#Arabic