Monday, February 6, 2017

CA CDSS "I Speak" Cards

CA CDSS "I Speak" Cards

I speak limited English. I need competent language assistance in __________ to have full and effective access to your programs.

Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, public agencies are obligated to provide competent language assistance to limited-English-proficient individuals.

Social and health service agencies may call HHS Office for Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019 for more information. 

Food Stamp and WIC agencies may call USDA Office of Civil Rights at 1-888-271-5983.

All other agencies may call U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, at 1-888-848-5306.

Instructions for county or other agency staff:
These cards can be used to help an individual obtain interpretive services. Check on the language to download and print out. Insert the name of the individual on the blank line on both the English and the non-English language statements. Cut along the border lines, place back-to-back with adhesive (glue or paste), and laminate the card.
Also from California:
Legal Glossaries in Arabic, Armenian, Hmong, Mien, Mong, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese, Superior Court of California, Sacramento County Courts

This post is dedicated to CA Governor Jerry Brown.

"While we now face different challenges, make no mistake: the future is uncertain and dangers abound. Whether it's the threat to our budget, or to undocumented Californians, or to our efforts to combat climate change - or even more global threats such as a financial meltdown or a nuclear incident or terrorist attack - this is a time which calls out for courage and for perseverance. I promise you both.

But let's remember as well that after the perilous voyage, those who made it to America found boundless opportunity. And so will we.

Let me end in the immortal words of Woody Guthrie:

"This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me...

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me."

California is not turning back. Not now, not ever."

--Gov. Jerry Brown, State of the State, 2017
Sacramento, CA January 24, 2017

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