We’re on a mission:

to bring disabled people into the fold

MARKET WITH CONFIDENCE
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BE A
CHANGEMAKER

We’re building a future
beyond disability
inclusion.

We believe that disabled people are power players whose valuable perspectives and expertise add tremendous value to every conversation and industry. We envision a future where disabled people are included, engaged, and valued in their organizations, because when their voices are heard, we can do more together.
When we include disabled people in the conversation:

Brands command greater respects from their customers

Teams see enhanced employees performance and retention

Companies create more diverse, yet unified cultures

Hi, I’M AndraéA

I have been disabled since birth.

A picture of Andraéa LaVant with her glasses on smiling to camera
It’s a label I spent more than half of my life running from. I worked tirelessly to get people to see me, and not my disability.

Which is something a lot of forward-thinking companies do today. They want to show their employees and customers that they see them as people. They’re working hard to be inclusive of everyone. They’re “looking past the differences.”

But I came to realize what I was doing was inauthentic and counterproductive.

By trying to get people to overlook my disability – or to dismiss it as irrelevant – it meant that I couldn’t bring my whole self to a space.

It meant I was denying aspects of my identity that make me who I am. Which meant I was not only being unfair to myself, but also to those around me.

When I claimed my identity as a disabled person, I was able to bring my unique perspective to every decision-making table.

I now use both my lived experience and professional experience to work with organizations like Ford Foundation, Netflix’s Crip Camp, Girl Scouts, and Getting Hired to develop company cultures and content campaigns that acknowledge and engage disabled people.

This is the transformation my team and I help companies make: to invite, engage, and value disabled people in their organizations and in their communities.

MEET THE TEAM

Josie: A white woman with long, wavy blonde hair and pink tassel earrings smiles at camera.

Josephine “Josie” Gilliland (she/her)

Marketing Officer

I hail from the City of Champions – Pittsburgh, PA. Being raised by a single military mom taught me the value of community, perseverance, and independent thinking. I have known Andraéa for many years, and being a part of this journey with her has shown me the importance of allyship, which includes speaking up and taking action. I’m most proud of our work leading the Crip Camp impact campaign. It’s also incredible to have a hand in projects that are changing the way business works. We are a team of “pioneers” shaping how people see disability. This work is so important, as too often we think the status quo is good enough. Disabled people should be able to see themselves in the world we live in, in movies, in politics, in books and not as a side character. LCI is here to change that.

What’s the book/film that changed your life?
I am a huge collector of children’s books. If I had to choose one, it’d be a German book called ” The Thief Lord” by Cornelia Funke.

Rosemary: A Japanese American woman with long, dark hair wearing a floral patterned dress poses in front of a pond, smiling at camera.

Rosemary McDonnell-Horita (she/her)

Impact Officer, Programs

I grew up in San Diego, California and currently live in Denver, Colorado. As a disabled Japanese American queer woman, I approach my work with a critical intersectional lens. I began my career as a youth-organizer in California and was raised in the disability movement. My years of community organizing and implementing accessible programming has prepared me for this newest chapter working in the social impact field. In 2018, I was honored to play an instrumental role in starting Colorado’s inaugural Colorado Youth Leadership Forum. Through my organizing work, I’ve facilitated trainings and workshops on various topics such as inclusive disability history, accessible sexuality education and disability etiquette. My proudest achievement has been working with the Crip Camp team, alongside phenomenal leaders/ancestors. I’m committed to continuing this work as a way to honor those who came before me and leading the way for future generations to make change in this world.

What’s the book/film that changed your life?
Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Marie Brown

Sofia: A light-skinned multi-ethnic woman with long, dark hair wearing glasses and a yellow floral-patterned shirt poses in front of a large lake.

Sofia Webster
(she/her)

Impact Officer, Media

I am an Ecuadorian-American woman living in Sacramento, California. My multi-ethnic identity colors my personal experiences with race, disability, and gender, while also informing the ways I understand intersecting forms of oppression. My love of and appreciation for the disability community on the Internet acted as kindling for my work creating accessible social media experiences for people with disabilities. I feel called to do disability-focused social impact work, having been a part of Sins Invalid, the Crip Camp impact campaign, and chronic illness advocacy groups.

What’s the book/film that changed your life?
My favorite works of fiction are The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and Beloved by Toni Morrison

Goji the labrador with sunglasses

Goji Harriet LaVant (she/her)

Hooman Resources Officer

I was raised in the great state of California, but recently relocated for my job near Phoenix, AZ. I spend my days joining my fabulous mom, Andraéa, in very important meetings, where funny enough, I am always the star of the show! Working can be ruff, but, thankfully, I get daily mandatory belly rubs! What I love most about my job is being able to help others. Not only am I head of Hooman Resources, but I’m also a service dog so my Boss/Mom/Best Friend takes me everywhere. When I’m not hard at work at my mom’s side, I enjoy long walks in the dog park, good food, and keeping up with the latest fashions. If you want to keep up with my adventures, check out my mom’s instagram!

What’s the book/film that changed your life?

We love reading in my house. Some of my favorites are The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Parker, Mansfield Bark, by Jane Pawsten and The Handmaid’s Tail, by Margaret Atwoof

Get the Help Your Company Needs

You’ll be able to support your disabled employees and speak to your disabled customers through our signature three pronged approach.

You’ll discover how to provide a truly safe space for your employees and team members internally. This will help you build a company culture that engages disabled employees, who have been shown to reduce turnover and increase retention.

You’ll learn how to create leadership development programs for disabled team members and external emerging leaders in order to enhance their natural talents and help them build new skills. This will help you nurture your team members and attract new talent to your company.

You’ll develop intersectional marketing campaigns with a new perspective on how best to include and represent disabled people. This will help you build your reputation in the community as a company who cares about doing the right thing.

61 MILLION Americans are disabled. That’s 25% of the population.

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90% of Consumers prefer companies that support ethical and social causes.

$500 billion in post-tax disposable income come from adults with disabilities

HOW YOU’LL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

You’re a forward-thinking brand. You want to embrace disabled people in your organization, but you aren’t sure how to do it. And you definitely don’t want to get it wrong.

Typical approaches to disability inclusion in company culture and marketing campaigns are not designed for long-term impact. That’s why we do things differently at LaVant Consulting.

Typical Company Culture Workshop
EXPERIENCE
Disability Advocate
SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
Disability Etiquette Training
RELEVANCE TO ORGANIZATION
LOW - Attendees are trained with generalized content
IMPACT ON ORGANIZATION
LOW - Attendees return to old habits and default behaviors
Typical Marketing Campaign
EXPERIENCE
PR/Marketing Professional
SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
Creative Marketing Campaign
RELEVANCE TO ORGANIZATION
LOW - Campaign is aspirational rather than reflective of inner workings
IMPACT ON ORGANIZATION
LOW - Campaign is promotional, but makes no measurable impact
LaVant Consulting Approach
EXPERIENCE
Disability Advocates & Marketing Professionals
SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
Perspective-shaping trainings that nurture company culture and inform marketing campaigns
RELEVANCE TO ORGANIZATION
HIGH - Leaders and teams are developed together within the context of real work, and marketing campaigns serve as an external representation of internal change
IMPACT ON ORGANIZATION
HIGH - Company culture is reinforced by team knowledge and new behaviors, and marketing campaigns are locally and globally impactful as well as promotional

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Still struggling to address disability?

As a society, we’re not educated on how to talk about disability. It’s not taught, it’s not shown in mainstream media, and it’s not shared in pop culture. It’s no wonder companies struggle to address disability in their company cultures and marketing campaigns. Learn how to talk about disability, nurture disabled employees and future talent, and build inclusive and engaging marketing campaigns with real, long-lasting impact.