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LEP - Limited English Proficiency

Executive Order 13166 (EO 13166) challenges federal agencies to "implement a system by which (limited English-proficiency or "LEP") persons can meaningfully access… services consistent with, and without unduly burdening, the fundamental mission of the agency." When read in its entirety, and interpreted consistently with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, the Executive Order applies to all programs and activities of a federal agency, which is, essentially, everything the agency does.

Limited English proficiency is defined as “individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.” LEP individuals are entitled by EO 13166 to language assistance with respect to a particular type of service, benefit or encounter. FHWA has mandated that “…recipients must take reasonable steps to ensure that such persons have meaningful access to the programs, services, and information those recipients provide, free of charge….”

The Alaska DOT&PF enforces LEP in the same manner as Title VI. LEP is included as review criteria in all Title VI compliance reviews. The DOT&PF Civil Rights Office will continue to monitor LEP requirements.

Interpreter Resources

2023 AK DOT&PF LEP Plan

Language Interpreter Center - Anchorage Office
431 West 7th Avenue, Suite 208
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-297-2760
Fax: 907-279-2450
Toll Free: 1-877-273-2457

Language Interpreter Center - Juneau Office
9085 Glacier Highway, Suite 204
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone: 907-789-1326
Fax: 907-789-1324
Toll Free 1-877-273-2457

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Persons with a hearing impairment can contact Relay Alaska at their Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD/TTY) number, 800-770-8973 and they will assist in contacting the project team. The DOT&PF is able to offer, upon request, reasonable accommodations for special needs related to other disabilities.

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