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This DJ with Down's syndrome is making music out of offensive quotes

21st October 2016

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Casey Rochell is hoping to change stigmas through his music.

The young DJ was horrified when he heard a quote from Joseph Fletcher, a leading academic on the subject of ethics in the 1960s, suggesting there should be no guilt in “putting a Down’s syndrome child away”.

So Casey, who himself has Down’s, remixed the clip to turn it into something positive and upbeat.

Casey, who DJs at a local venue in Meltham, West Yorkshire, told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner: “When I heard the quote saying people like me should be put away and forgotten I wanted to help Mencap challenge views like this.”

Casey is part of Mencap’s Here I Am campaign, working to raise awareness about Down’s syndrome and other learning disabilities.

He says: “A lot of people might not expect me to mix records, but I’ve been doing this for a long time. I want this video to change how people think about learning disability.

“We can do amazing things if we are given the chance, and with Here I Am we can give people that chance.”

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