Our Culture

Our team loves the work we do AND who we get to do it with. Our familial culture of intentional care, connection, and communication positively impacts our work and helps us cultivate authentic relationships with each other, our clients, and partners.

The LCI Way

Our Core Values

Our core values are the heartbeat of our organization. They guide how we work and reveal the essence of our success.

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PASSION

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
— Oprah Winfrey

Passion is essential to impactful work. We are successful not just because we are good at what we do but because we are passionate about it and that energy is received by our clients, partners, and everyone our work encounters.

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COMMUNITY

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”
– Margaret J. Wheatley

Community is at the center of justice work. There is no movement building or culture shaping without the power of community. We embrace this truth wholeheartedly and prioritize and uplift the communities we represent and champion throughout every aspect of our work.

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MUTUAL RESPECT

“By mutual respect, understanding and with good will we can find acceptable solutions to any problems which exist or may arise between us.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mutual respect is a universal language that has proven to be our greatest tool in partnering with our clients to create impact in the world. We lead by aiming to understand and honor the perspectives and experiences of our clients before focusing on implementing change.

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INNOVATION

“They did not know it was impossible so they did it.“
— Mark Twain

Innovation sees beyond what currently exists and then creates it. Through a process of creative collaboration, we design unique solutions that build upon the work of disability rights and justice leaders to create sustainable impact.

LCI Culture

We don’t subscribe to society’s notions of “success.” Instead, we acknowledge that we are humans first and aim to operate accordingly, first within our internal company culture and then with our clients and partners.

We Encourage REST.

We honor the needs of our bodies/minds, which makes our impact sustainable.

We Embrace EXTRA.

We don’t check boxes. We collaborate and create impact.

 

We Look for ALIGNMENT.

We don’t work with everyone.
We make sure each project feels like a good fit.

LCI Lingo

A quick guide to some of our most used language at LCI; our “lingo,” if you will…

Ableism

Oppression against disabled people. Cruel or unjust authority or power over disabled people. 

Access Check-In

An opportunity for everyone in a space to identify what specific needs they have to be able to participate.

Collective Access

A principle of disability justice. Asserts that every body has needs that deserve to be met.

Disability Justice

An emerging framework rooted in 10 strong principles that assert a radical vision of liberation. Centers the voices of sick and disabled people of color and LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. This term should not be used interchangeably with disability rights.

Disability Rights

A movement that pushes towards equal rights and protection for disabled people under the law. Often led by advocates, lawyers, and activists. This term should not be used interchangeably with disability justice.

Identity-First Language

Emphasizes that the disability plays a role in who the person is, and reinforces disability as a positive cultural identifier. 

Intersectionality

A term coined by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. Provides a lens through which we can understand how multiply-marginalized people experience oppression.

Oppression

When one group dominates or controls another group through exploitation, abuse, and restricting access or movement. 

Person-First Language

Phrases that refer to people with disabilities that emphasize the person, not their disability. 

Examples include: a person with a disability; Sofia is a wheelchair user.

Spoons

As explained in the classic blog The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino, spoons are a metaphor used to explain the phenomenon of having finite amount of energy