American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

TitleVI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Federal Legislation

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

In August 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13166 to "improve access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs and activities for persons, who, as a result of national origin, are limited in their English proficiency (LEP)."

As clinicians, it is important that we provide culturally appropriate services to all of our clients, not only because it's the right thing but also because discrimination can result in a loss of federal funding. Thi s federal legislation helps to establish ASHA policy documents supporting the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

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