The Homecoming Project Report & Literature Review
An account of interviews with black, neurodivergent
individuals living and/or working in Lambeth
Dawn Cameron and Derrick Armstrong
Background and Context
This research project was initiated and led
by The Diverse Creative CIC. Founded in
2017 by a black entrepreneur who herself
received a diagnosis of dyslexia at the age of
The Diverse Creative works to support
individuals and employers in overcoming the
additional barriers and obstacles encountered
by disabled people in employment and/or
A key aim of this research was to examine the
extent to which ‘race’ and disability might work
together or separately to determine individuals’
experience of employment.
Highlights from the report
Impacts of blackness in the workplace
every interviewee discussed ways in which they had felt
discriminated against or had observed unequal treatment in
the workplace on the basis of ethnicity. Such incidents ranged
from what appeared to be blatant discrimination to more subtle
actions (or inactions) which excluded or isolated black workers
or prevented them from progressing.
Impacts of disability in the workplace
of late diagnosis perhaps helps to explain why, for most
interviewees, disability was felt to have had less of an impact
on their experiences in the workplace than blackness.
That said, many expressed frustration at the speed with
which requests for occupational health assessments or for
reasonable adjustments had been responded to.
Do these two intersect in the workplace?
For the purposes of this research, we were curious to find
out how blackness and neurodivergence intersect. In the
event, it felt as if the relative impacts of each varied over
time and according to context. In addition, some of the
female interviewees discussed the ways in which gender had
impacted their experiences. Others discussed the impacts of