Local autistic man creates successful children's board game

Inventor didn't know he was autistic for decades
Posted at 6:09 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 21:09:34-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - An autistic Chula Vista man wants you to do two things.  He wants you to buy the board game he invented and he wants you to support Autism Speaks.

60-year-old Tony Tinervia only found out he had Asperger’s Syndrome two years ago. 

“I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” he said.

Tinervia said he had trouble making eye contact with people and avoided being around people in the past. A therapist recognized it as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“There probably are adults with autism that don’t know they have it,” he said.

The diagnosis and treatment helped him focus on a children’s board game he’d been working on for years in his head: “Keys to the Capitals”. His game garnered enough attention that a national manufacturer is teaming with him to create a second edition.

Tinervia, whose full-time job is caring for his 90-year-old mother, said he’s also raising money for Autism Speaks, an organization that looks to raise money and awareness for autism research.