Work with Scheme clients on our new website artwork
Did you notice anything new on our website? We introduced new illustrations and worked with “With Not For”, a creative talent agency, to find the graphic designer to design them for us.
With Not For, the goal is to provide employment and empowerment to people with disabilities and connect employers and recruiters to talent with disabilities. We spoke to one of the founders to find out a bit more.
With Not For was founded during the COVID-19 pandemic by Kelly Gordon, a disabled wheelchair user and entrepreneur, and Emma Gardner, who has extensive experience helping workplaces evolve to include disability in their values and their culture.
Both are mobility program customers, with Emma renting a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), while Kelly has been in the program for nearly 10 years and currently has a WAV Drive From Wheelchair.
Before founding With Not For in lockdown, Kelly worked for many years in the football industry and even previously owned a football club.
Of his inspiration to start the business, Kelly says, “We identified the need to help talented people with disabilities get their dream jobs and access those roles they may not have thought were available. for them. I think people with disabilities tend to be super creative and productive and there’s such a talent bank out there.
One such talent was Jessica Oddi, who, with help from With Not For, was chosen to produce the illustrations for the updated Motability Scheme website.
Jessica is a freelance graphic designer and full-time electric wheelchair user based in Canada. “We’re still doing four o’clock calls and briefings with her – but she’s awesome!” said Kelly.
“With Jess’s personal style, she is very keen to represent as much diversity as possible, including race, different body shapes and sizes, or disability. It’s something she’s really proud of.
You can see more of Jessica’s work on Instagram by searching oddi.jessica
Although With Not For has gone from strength to strength since its inception, Kelly says there’s still a lot of work to be done.
“We are always looking for new partners and talents to work with.”
“Our goal as a company is to ensure that talent with disabilities can work on any file, not just disability-related files. We put talent forward for all kinds of briefs and opportunities. We’ve really grown the business over the last year and believe it’s important for people to understand and embrace disabled talent as well as disabled consultants when looking to be more inclusive.
If you want to learn more about With Not For, or maybe even pitch your talents, search for WNF_recruits on Instagram.
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