ABOUT US

Inclusion Festival, Inclusion Dining, Inclusion Magazine, Inclusion Training, and Inclusion Yoga are initiatives of All Inclusive Productions, a fiscally sponsored 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating in partnership with Accessible Festivals, Inc. Together, we are dedicated to making the world more accessible and inclusive through education and experiences.

All Inclusive Productions was co-founded in 2017 by Amy Pinder and Leah Barron. After meeting one another at a music festival and sharing the same passion and vision of inclusion, they realized that their combined experiences in special education, speech-language therapy, yoga, and circus arts offered a unique perspective to can share with others.

Accessible Festivals was co-founded in 2014 by Austin Whitney and Oren Shani. Six months after Austin became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a serious car accident, he attended a music festival that left him smiling for the first time since his injury. Accessible Festivals is dedicated to making music and recreation accessible to individuals of all abilities through direct service, education, technology, and more.

Each of our inclusive initiatives celebrates the value of all people and all abilities through music, the arts, nature, movement, and more— with a goal of strengthening self-awareness, encouraging exploration of passions and interests, building community and personal relationships, and helping people connect with their inner purpose to guide and sustain positive lifestyle choices.

We have big dreams for a more inclusive and accessible world, and we welcome you to join us on this important and worthwhile journey!

Amy Pinder, Co-Founder/Executive Director

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Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP is a Co-founder, Owner, and Executive Director of All Inclusive Productions. She is a yogi, hula hooper, arts enthusiast, and speech-language therapist with over fifteen years of experience working with individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences. She has experience assessing and treating children and adults with diverse communication challenges in a variety of educational and clinical settings including home-based intervention, preschool, public school, and specialized private school programs. Amy has particular interest and expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders and the implementation of effective Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. She utilizes a developmental, holistic, person-centered approach that spans cognitive, linguistic, sensory, motor, social, and emotional domains.

Amy incorporates joyful, regulatory, and play-based movement such as yoga, juggling, and hula hooping into her practice. These activities encourage clients to engage, explore, increase capacities, and effectively communicate through meaningful, experienced-based activities that promote mindfulness, encourage creativity, and improve overall wellbeing. She has received training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), MasgutovaNeurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) therapy. Amy holds certifications as a DIR/Floortime Therapist, Grounded Kids Yoga Instructor, Mindfulness Educator, and Holistic Circus Therapist.

She is also the Founder and Owner of Circles of Communication, a private practice that offers integrative speech-language therapy and alternative education programs in Central New Jersey.

Leah Barron, Co-Founder/Executive Director

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Leah Barron, MAT, RYT 200 is a Co-founder, Owner, and Executive Director of All Inclusive Productions. She is a mother, music lover, special education teacher, and registered yoga teacher who has experience working in a variety of settings including public schools, private studios, and home-based instruction. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with individuals of all ages and abilities, though she has particular interest in supporting those with special needs to be their best, most authentic selves both on and off the mat. Leah believes that when you embrace the present moment, connect with an intention, and attend to your breath, you may experience a sense of peace and calm that benefits mind, body, and spirit. She is creative, intuitive and able to easily connect with others by recognizing their individual talents, tuning into their passions and interests, and guiding them to increase their capacities using a warm, accessible person-centered approach. Leah has participated in numerous trainings about autism, mindfulness, essential oils, and yoga across the lifespan.

Previously, Leah co-founded My Best Fest, an online music festival guide, which led her to on-site festival consulting services, collecting survey feedback from festival participants. This also entailed writing reports for festival promoters detailing positive and constructive feedback and providing recommendations for future festivals. Additionally, she coordinated workshop schedules, taught yoga classes, planned special festival events such as vendor fashion shows, interviewed musicians, and wrote festival reviews.

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Max Papperman, Director of Operations

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Max Papperman is the Director of Operations for Inclusion Festival. He is also an environmental consultant, soccer player, and music enthusiast. Max has experience working on complex environmentally impacted sites to develop strategies and solutions for environmentally sound remediation plans. He excels at communicating with a variety of vested parties and individuals and bringing them together to work towards a common goal. This requires knowledge of available technologies and resources, and the ability to successfully educate and motivate others.

Max has previously taught special education and worked as a soccer coach. In an effort to strengthen his personal mindfulness practice, he learned to transfer his soccer juggling skills to circus juggling and other flow arts by pairing breath and movement. He enjoys sharing these skills with individuals of all ages and abilities.

In combination, Max’s strong people skills, organizational skills, and leadership abilities enable him to excel in his role at Inclusion Festival. He is responsible for overseeing Inclusion Festival’s year-round initiatives, advising on budgets and financial plans, and managing staff and volunteers.

Annette Pinder, Editor/PR Consultant

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Annette is President of BHL Media and Marketing, Inc., a full-service marketing and public relations firm, focusing on publishing, copywriting, photography, video, advertising, public relations, website design and development, and social media marketing. In addition to Inclusion Magazine, Annette is also the president and publisher of Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine, a benefit corporation and free monthly magazine devoted to improving health, fitness, and nutrition for people of all ages.

With a history of giving back to many social causes, Annette is particularly excited about the launch of Inclusion Magazine and the Inclusion Magazine website and social media platforms. She is a member of the New York State Business Women’s Association, Network in Aging, and She Can. Annette received the 2015 WNY Women of Influence Award. She was also recognized for her leadership and commitment to supporting and mentoring female entrepreneurs by New York State Women, Inc.

In addition to writing and learning, Annette enjoys Zumba, walking her dog, knitting, and spending time with friends and family.

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Oren Shani

Co-founder of Accessible Festivals, Inc.

Oren is an entrepreneur on a mission to make live music and other recreational events accessible to people of all abilities through exceptional guest services programs. He currently manages ADA programs and staff trainings for over 90 events nationwide each year, ensuring events are ADA compliant while innovating new technologies to make the experience for disabled patrons truly unforgettable.

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Austin Whitney

Co-founder of Accessible Festivals, Inc.

Combining his legal education from UC Berkeley School of Law and his own personal experience with disability, Austin assists some of the nation’s largest event promoters to ensure they are fully accessible to individuals of all abilities. He is committed to enabling all people to have an amazing, life-changing experience, regardless of the situation.

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Samuel Huber

Husband, Father, Writer and Teacher’s Assistant

Sam was diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 14. Rather than blame Aspergers for any difficulties that he has encountered, Sam made it his mission to use what he has learned to help others on the spectrum. Since graduating in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, Sam has worked with people on the Autism Spectrum in both a school setting as well as a crisis center. Currently, he is working on a book that is about autism, self-love, and romantic relationships.