Equal Opportunity - Limited English Proficiency

Who is an LEP individual

A limited English proficient individual, as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation (Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration), is an individual who does not speak English as their primary language and has a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.

Make an LEP Plan

  • WSDOT policy is described in its LEP Plan.
  • Use the American Community Survey (ACS) Summary Report from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Justice (EJ) Screen website to collect demographic data from your projects. A training module for how to use the website can be found on the EJ Demographic Data web page.
  • Since many transportation terms do not easily translate, consider sharing the English to Spanish Transportation Terms (pdf 286 KB) with your interpreters and translators 

Translation Services

If the demographic data indicates that 5 percent of the population or more than 1,000 persons within 1/2 mile of your project "speak English less than well," you will need to provide equal access to project information in their language. This may be accomplished by:

  • Posting a notice on your project web page in the appropriate language(s).
  • Printing and distributing translated project brochures, meeting invitations, and newsletters in the appropriate languages(s). You do not need to translate all of the documents for your project if you have provided a way to people to request that information.
  • Providing translator or interpreter services upon request. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (360)705-7090 for assistance with this matter.

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