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What You Need to Know About Advocacy for Limited-English-Proficient Elders

By Katharine Hsiao & Gerald A. McIntyre

Growing numbers of limited-English-proficient senior citizens frequently encounter language barriers when attempting to access government services and programs. Older people have a number of language-access rights under both federal and state law as well as under legal services program policies. Advocates should be aware of these rights and specific language-access problems related to the largest government agency regularly used by the elderly: the Social Security Administration.

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