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California: Language Access

17.4% of people (6,449,000 people) are Limited English Proficiency (LEP), making up 25% of the national share of total LEP population. California also has the highest percentage of foreign born persons. About 1.5% (374,830 people) are classified as having a hearing disability According to the CDC, more than 760,000 people identify as being blind or having a severe difficulty seeing even with glasses. 12.3% of the population lives below the poverty level and 23.1% of adults are classified as illiterate.  California is the most bilingual state, with 45% of inhabitants speaking a language other than English at home. 


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Useful Links

American Immigration Council- California Statistics

Cal Cities- Do You Speak My Language Presentation

California Council of the Blind- Directory of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in California

California Library Literary Services- Statewide Programs

California Relay Service- Overview

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence- Language Access Resources

National Center for State Courts- California Language Access in the Courts 

NSVRC- California Directory of Organizations

Language Network- The Importance of Language Access in Diverse Cities

RALIANCE - California Archives 

The Latino Family Literacy Project- Resources



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