Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Event

ARA | “Accessible Abodes - Opening Doors to Inclusive Real Estate”

Wednesday, July 24 | Atlanta REALTORS Center

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Celebrate Disability Pride Month by joining us for an impactful panel discussion focused on the essential role realtors play in fostering inclusivity within the housing market. Understand the unique challenges faced by differently abled individuals and learn how to effectively support their needs in your real estate practice. This event also commemorates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a pivotal law that has greatly advanced accessibility and inclusion. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to be a champion for accessible housing and make a meaningful difference in your community.

Join us to hear their inspiring stories and gain insights on advocating for accessible housing. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your understanding and network with like-minded professionals!

Presented by the Diversity Council of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA)


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Lamont McLeod

CEO, Agape Family Healthcare Services Inc.
Associate Broker and Advocate for Aging in Place and Disability Community

Lamont McLeod is the heart and soul behind Agape Family Healthcare Services Inc., a beacon of hope in the home healthcare industry. His journey began with a prayer for guidance, leading him to establish a compassionate agency in January 2020. As an Associate Broker and unwavering advocate for the Aging in Place and disability community, Lamont's mission centers on fostering inclusion for all.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Lamont is a devoted father and an active member of his church in Buford, Georgia. However, his life took an unexpected turn in November 2010, when a devastating car accident left him with a complete spinal cord injury on his way to his son's sonogram appointment. Despite the challenges, Lamont's resilience knows no bounds. While his children have yet to witness him walk, his determination shines through as he navigates life from a motorized wheelchair, never wavering in his pursuit of cherished moments with his family.

With unwavering strength and an indomitable spirit, Lamont is on a journey to healing, determined to play catch with his son and protect his daughters from afar. His story is a testament to the power of faith, resilience, and the unwavering commitment to embracing life's challenges with grace and courage.

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Stephen Beard

Accessibility Specialist Realtor, Disability Advocate, Podcaster, and Speaker
Host of "Accessible Housing Matters" Podcast

Stephen Beard is an Accessibility Specialist Realtor, Disability Advocate, Podcaster, and Speaker based in the San Francisco/Bay Area. His work focuses on helping people who are differently abled to buy and sell accessible housing, as well as promoting accessible housing in the community. To that end, Stephen launched a podcast about Accessible Housing called Accessible Housing Matters in 2021.

In addition to working with clients, Stephen speaks to real estate agents, disability advocates, and policymakers all over the country about accessible and fair housing issues.

In April of this year, he was a panelist on the National Association of Realtors’ NXT UP! online discussion series episode called “Building Business and Community on a Fair Housing Foundation”. Last year, he was named the 2023 Fair Housing Champion by the California Association of REALTORS®.

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Barry Long

Luxury Residential & Accessible Homes Specialist
Creator of the upcoming training course "Adapted Living Spaces"
Host of the TV series "Barry's Accessible World"

Barry Long is a dynamic motivational speaker, pioneering accessibility-focused realtor, and passionate world traveler. Barry has revolutionized the real estate industry by adding accessibility features to his local Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), is now championing these updates on a national scale, and is weeks away from launching a training course for Realtors nationwide to learn about accessibility in residential real estate. During his off time, he is filming an upcoming TV series, "Barry's Accessible World," where he combines his love for travel with his commitment to making the world more accessible for everyone. He lives just outside of Seattle, with his wife, 19-year-old boy/girl twins and 100-pound Rottweiler, Juneau!


Atlanta REALTORS Center

5784 Lake Forrest Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA

(404) 250-0051