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Foundations of Limited English Proficiency

October 14, 2015
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On October 14, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration’s Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program presented the webinar “Foundations of Limited English Proficiency: What MPOs and RTPOs Need to Know.”  The webinar was recorded, and a link will be posted when it is available.

The speakers’ slides, available here (PDF), also present a wealth of information about Limited English Profiency (LEP) basics, relevant policies supporting LEP, how to address LEP in a regional agency, how to conduct a four-factor analysis of LEP in your region, and what some of the vital documents

Topics for discussion and learning objectives for the webinar included:

1. Identify roles and responsibilities for U.S. DOT and its modal agencies, State DOTs, as well as regional planning partners such as Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) serving nonmetropolitan areas.
2. Describe how MPOs and RTPOs can fulfill their responsibilities in conducting an LEP self-assessment and develop an LEP plan.
3. Identify the Title VI-related Limited English Proficiency obligations, definitions related to LEP, and elements of a language access program.
4. Elements of conducting an LEP self-assessment.
5. Suggestions for developing an LEP plan.

The webinar presenters included:

  • Candace Groudine, FHWA Office of Civil Rights
  • Jon Ocana, FTA Office of Civil Rights
  • Carey Shepherd, FHWA Florida Division Civil Rights Coordinator
  • Chris Ryan, Broward MPO
  • Cynthia Lambert, MetroPlan Orlando

For questions about this subject, please contact FHWA’s Candace Groudine at or FTA’s Jon Ocana at