San Rafael’s Autistry Studios name UC Davis neuroscientist, Buck Institute professor to board

Autistry Studios of San Rafael in May 2017 installs a ShopBot automated woodworking machine into its makerspace, which teaches independent living and job skills. (FACEBOOK / AUTISTRY STUDIOS)

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San Rafael-based Autistry Studios elects a University of California, Davis, neuroscientist and the chief academic officer at Novato’s Buck Institute for Research on Aging to its board of directors.

Autistry, a therapeutic and educational makerspace providing programs and services to teens and adults with autism, appointed Clifford Saron, Ph.D., from the Center for Mind and Brain and the MIND Institute at UC Davis, and Gordon Lithgow, Ph.D., also a professor at the Buck.

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Autistry is entering its 10th year offering hands-on maker workshops where students create fabulous projects based on their own ideas including robots, dioramas, stop-motion animation, Raspberry Pi and Arduino computers. Projects prepare participants for employment.

The company recently added the Autistry Comprehensive Adult Program, addressing the specific and individual needs of autistic adults in the areas of education, vocation, life skills, and physical fitness. The program is supported by the Golden Gate Regional Center