Most individuals living in the United States read, write, speak, and understand English.  There are many people, however, for whom English is not their primary language.  If these individuals have a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English, they have limited English proficiency or “LEP”.  Language for LEP persons can be a barrier to accessing important benefits or services, understanding and exercising important rights, or complying with applicable responsibilities.

The purpose of the CMCOG-COATS Language Assistance Plan (LAP) is to ensure that COATS MPO communicates effectively with Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. CMCOG-COATS MPO staff have developed this LAP to assist our member governments, consultants, policy committee members, and our partnering agencies and organizations in their efforts to ensure information and services are accessible to LEP individuals by providing guidance on translation, interpretation, and outreach services for LEP individuals seeking access to the MPO programs. All CMCOG directors, managers, and Title VI program liaisons are responsible for ensuring that meaningful services to LEP persons are provided in their respective areas.   This Language Assistance Plan will also serve as an update to the COATS MPO Title VI Plan.

CMCOG – COATS MPO Draft Language Assistance Plan

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