Limited English Proficiency Plan

Limited English Proficiency Plan Cover ThumbnailA person with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is one who does not speak English as their primary Language and who has a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English. The purpose of this LEP Plan is to outline the responsibilities of the Atlanta Regional Commission in regards to LEP persons and establish a process for providing assistance to them for ARC programs, activities and services pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 13166.

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Metro Atlanta’s LEP Population

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the 18-county metropolitan planning area has a total population of more than 4.3 million people ages five and older. The Census estimates that 354,143, or 8.2 percent, have Limited English Proficiency (LEP), with Gwinnett County accounting for more than 32 percent of this population. Approximately 64 percent of LEP persons speak Spanish (PNG), followed by Korean (PNG) (six percent), Vietnamese (PNG) (six percent) and Chinese (PNG) (four percent). These four groups are targeted for assistance in the LEP plan.

Multilingual Resource Materials

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

“No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Executive Order 13166

“Improving Access to Services for Persons With Limited English Proficiency”. Different treatment based upon a person’s inability to speak, read, write, or understand English may be a type of national origin discrimination. Executive Order 13166 directs each Federal agency that is subject to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to publish guidance for its respective recipients and sub-recipients clarifying that obligation. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published policy guidance on December 14, 2005 to clarify the responsibilities of recipients of Federal financial assistance from the USDOT.

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