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DJ Casey Rochell Mixes Shocking Words into a Human Rights Rallying Cry

The Corner teams with Rattling Stick director Ed Morris to launch poignant film for Mencap

DJ Casey Rochell Mixes Shocking Words into a Human Rights Rallying Cry

Mencap, the UK’s leading learning disability charity, today launches its biggest campaign to date, created by London advertising agency The Corner. Debuting as a human rights rallying cry, “Here I Am” aims to educate and promote the closer integration of people with a learning disability within modern social culture. 

The charity, which fights for equal rights and opportunities for people with a learning disability, while challenging preconceptions, has worked with The Corner to create a new communications strategy: one that demands better understanding of people with a learning disability, who have individual personalities and emotions just like everybody else. 

The creative celebrates this in a TV and cinema commercial shot by acclaimed Director Ed Morris of Rattling Stick.

The TVC takes a quote from Atlantic Magazine in 1968, where a leading academic suggests that someone with Down’s Syndrome is not in fact a person, and that there should be no guilt “putting them away” in a sanitarium or even lethal sense. 

This quote is then cut up by DJ Casey Rochell, a young man with Down’s Syndrome, who turns these shocking words into something positive and upbeat.

“A Down’s is not person” becomes “A Down’s is a person”.

Gerard Cousins, Director of Marketing and Engagement at Mencap says: “Our biggest battle is helping people feel included across all areas of society – of the 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability, 65% can work, but just 6% are actually in work. The strategy behind ‘Here I Am’ is not to get money or simply tug on the heartstrings. Instead, we are trying to start a movement, with the aim of convincing society to truly accept people with a learning disability.”

Tom Ewart, Founding Partner and ECD at The Corner said: "Like the race, gender and sexuality movements that preceded it, learning disability is the next great social rights challenge we face as a modern society. For too long people with learning disabilities have been shunned because we don't understand them. Our ‘Here I Am’ campaign starts to bring these people into our lives in surprising and powerful ways, not asking for help, but showing what who they are and what they can do, and asking only that we understand them. At a time when new advanced Down’s syndrome screening is a hot topic of debate, and the question of what is ‘normal’ is pushing at moral boundaries, it’s important to remind ourselves that diversity is a bedrock of civilisation and should be celebrated, not erased."

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: The Corner

Copywriter: Jack Denyer

Art Director: Niall Kerry

Strategist: Charlie Kirkbride

Producer: Katrina Morelli, Theo Philips, Alicia Stol

Executive Creative Director: Tom Ewart

Chief Strategy Officer: Neil Hourston

Business Director : Massimo Fiori

Account Director: Greg Hall

Production Company

Production Company: Rattling Stick

Director: Ed Morris

Producer: Ellie Fry


Edit Company: Speade

Editor: Ben Crook

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: The Mill


Audio Post Production: 750

Category: Charity , Corporate and social

Genre: Dialogue , People