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Be an Angel for Autism – Donate to the Autism Birthday Club

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The nonprofit, Capital Keys Autism Families, is looking for sponsors for its Autism Birthday Club.

Founded by Tony Tinervia, Jr., an Autism Spectrum Disorder-diagnosed individual himself, Capital Keys Autism Families supports autistic kids and their fantastic Autism Moms.

Feeling isolated as a child, Mr. Tinervia founded Capital Keys Autism Families to cheer autistic children and to create a network for both the children and their moms.

To become a member of the Autism Birthday Club, Autism Moms provide Mr. Tinervia with their child’s birthdate.  Mr. Tinervia then records the child’s birthday on the Birthday List Page.  From an Amazon Prime Gift List, a child can choose a gift valued at $25 or less.

“Angel” by Abbot Handerson Thayer from Wikimedia Commons – Superimposed Image – Capital Keys Autism Families Logo

Donors become “Angels” by choosing to sponsor an autistic child, children, or Autism Mom on the list.  Or, you can make a donation, and Mr. Tinervia will assign you a child or children on the list.

Have you or your business been touched by autism in some way?  If so, this is a wonderful charity for your donation.

If your business donates $1,000 or more, Mr. Tinervia will put your logo on his website, and if you wish, will post how much your organization contributed.

It’s a great way to boost the image of your business; most people don’t associate “business” and “angel” in the same sentence; here’s your chance to do so!

Thanks to writer Sona Schmidt-Harris – You can follow her on Twitter @Sonag2000















Yankee Candles® – They’re Dandy!

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Are you a Yankee Candle® fan?  Or do you simply enjoy pleasing aromas wafting throughout your home?  Capital Keys Autism Families latest fundraising event is the perfect way to keep your home redolent (a fancy word for “having a pleasant odor”) and inviting during the summer.

The Yankee Candle® fundraiser will offer up to 70% off of selected items.  The “staple” of the group, the Yankee Candles® themselves, normally $25 are priced at a low $20.

Also available are candle accessories, new and fun gift ideas, and fragrances for your home and car.  If you purchase a Yankee Candle® item, tell founder of Capital Keys Families, Tony Tinervia, that you not only helped the cause for Autism, but will also keep your home redolent all summer long.  He’s a smart guy.  He’ll know what you mean.

Thanks to writer Sona Schmidt-Harris – You can follow her on Twitter @Sonag2000


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Marshfellows have snuggled their way into Capital Keys Families.

These cuddly fellows have already brought comfort to Autism supporters and their families.

Austin from Delaware recovers from a tonsillectomy with his Marshfellow by his side.

For a $30 donation, which goes to the Autism Birthday Club, you can be the welcome deliverer of this whimsical stuffed toy.

But the fun doesn’t end there.  Through the end of 2018, Capital Keys Autism Families is sponsoring a Marshfellow photography contest.  Winners will be chosen on December 31, 2018.  You can win prizes valued at $100 or more.

Prizes will be given for the following categories:

Best Marshfellow Family Photo in Front of a State Capitol Building;

Best Comedic Photo with Your Marshfellow;

Best Marshfellow Photo in a National Park;

Best Photo of Your Pal at the Beach, and;


Best Photo of the Marshfellow with S’mores – a natural combination!

Enter today!

Thanks to Blogger Sona Schmidt-Harris







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The eBook, The Magic of Autism Minds, released by Goldkeys Autism and researched by CEO Tony Tinervia, Jr., was written in conjunction with Autism Moms whose insights proved invaluable as a resource for the book.

What is unique about the eBook is that the CEO, Tony Tinervia, Jr., is actually on the Autism Spectrum.  He provides insights that perhaps are not specifically defined by experts in the field.

Helpful sections include “Education of Children with Autism,” which assures that  . . . “children with autism can be educated and reach their optimum level of potential.  The task may be difficult and progress may be slow but progress will be made when supports are present and all work cooperatively together.”

Additionally, the section notes that many people can enter the workforce independently and with great success or with the support of a job coach.

Another section, “Autism and the Brain,” notes that some research shows that unusual brain growth occurs in the first three months of life.

According to The Magic of Autism Minds, autism occurs in about 3-6% of the population.

An unusually helpful section to caregivers, “Autism and the Family,” notes that when one member of the family is affected with autism, it is coupled with trauma to the entire family.  And, probably not surprising to Autism Moms, the presence of the diagnosis has the greatest impact on the mother.  Many mothers cannot work outside of the home, or if they do, it can have a significant effect on their work status.

Of course, the impact on siblings of an autistic child is not to be underestimated.  Siblings’ feelings toward the autistic child are often confusing, with siblings both loving and resenting the child with autism.

The section, “Autism Symptoms – Special Interests and Hyperplexia,” discusses hyperplexia as a symptom of autism.  Hyperplexia is a condition in which a young child reads precociously early, but has trouble understanding what she is reading.

Of particular help to people who have interactions with autistic adults is “Asperger Syndrome in Adults – How to Understand and Deal with Them.”

If you would like the perspective, insight, and research of a man growing up with autism, who could not speak until he was five years old, and who could not bring himself to socialize with others until he was fifty, then this is an important resource.  Tony Tinervia earnestly compiled this eBook to help others.

Thanks to Blogger Sona Schmidt-Harris – You can follow her on Twitter @Sonag2000


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The nonprofit, Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc. continues its rapid growth.  Established in 2017, the already popular organization now advertises in Autism Parenting Magazine.

The founder, Tony Tinervia, Jr., has established a new program called Autism Exchange Program wherein he collects names from Autism Families and draws from this list the last Sunday of the month on Facebook Live.  This will allow matched Autism Families to meet online and buy gifts for one another once a month.  It is Mr. Tinervia’s hope that this will foster support and friendship between the families.  According to Mr. Tinervia, this idea “just popped into to my autistic mind.”  (Mr. Tinervia is on the autism spectrum disorder, and has a wonderful sense of humor regarding his diagnosis).  Please see the application below:

Mr. Tinervia has added a nonprofit lottery to increase the fun.  Tickets are only $1.00!  Please see below:

Additionally, if Autism Families want to advertise with an old-fashioned bumper sticker, they will receive half commission.


Thank you for your support thus far!

By Sona Schmidt-Harris – You can follow her on Twitter @Sonag2000

Unlock the Fun and Help Autistic Children and Their Families in 2018

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2017 saw the birth of Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc., our nonprofit organization to help autistic children and their families. Autistic children unlocked the fun, and received Amazon Prime Gifts, the board game, Keys to the Capitals for free, and connected with other autistic children. Supporters received $25 Amazon gift cards.

2018 is here, and we would like to expand our services. We are looking for eager state directors who will assist in forming teams in their home states, and develop online fundraising and more traditional fundraising like bake sales, etc. Fill out the online application if you are interested:

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our current state directors:

Kimberly Marquez Becerra in California;
Dona Clements in New Mexico;
Nicole Ponzar in Colorado;
Jennifer Rice in Pennsylvania, and;
Lisa Murphy in Ohio.

You may simply volunteer as a state director, or work commissioned-based if you earn over $200 per month for Capital Keys Autism Families. You will be responsible for recruiting your own volunteers in your respective states.

Some of our goals include, expanding the Autism Birthday Club, growing our 2018 Great Wish List, obtaining more members and in turn more drawings, raffles, and sweepstakes, and of course, like all nonprofits, increasing our membership.

In 2018, we will have membership levels of $25, $50, and $100.

To illustrate what $50 memberships can do, 300 of these memberships will allow 30 Supporter drawings per month (those who donate $25 or more per year), thus increasing the chances of autistic children unlocking even more fun!

State directors who help to sell anything over the retail price of, for example, gift cards, will receive a commission check from founder of Capital Keys, Tony Tinervia. If a raffle is held, anything over the price of the raffle goes to the State Director and half to Capital Keys.

We are also seeking someone to help administer the Capital Keys website, which is in WordPress if you have talents that fall this way.

We have already begun with a fundraiser run by Autism Mom, Cherlan Owens. Treat yourself to some great jewelry in the new year.

Thank you for your support thus far.

Let’s make 2018 an even better year for autistic children!

Thank you to blogger Sona Schmidt-Harris – You can follow her on Twitter @Sonag2000

Holiday Greeting from Tony Tinervia

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Dear Friends:

Every autistic child has a story; I certainly do. As a youngster, I rarely socialized. I felt isolated, alone, and different. When you’re young, it’s hard to know that being different isn’t always a bad thing or wrong. I retreated into my own world, which sometimes was quite a magical place. I invented games to entertain myself when I was alone in my room. Behind quiet eyes, was a boy who lived in an enchanted land—a land of invention and fun.

It was not until my sixties that a part of who I really am was shared with the world—my little contribution of whimsy, and ultimately, caring. That part of me was the board game, Keys to the Capitals, which began selling on Amazon in November of 2016. Keys to the Capitals changed my life. Just a game. But that game was a physical manifestation of a man not diagnosed with autism until he was in his late fifties.

Keys to the Capitals has brought me satisfaction and joy, but more importantly, has brought children satisfaction and joy. According to a lot of Autism Moms, many autistic children have found delight in playing a game born from the mind of a fellow like them.

From Keys to the Capitals, came another dream: a nonprofit organization, Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc., created to help and engage autistic children. That dream was realized in 2017.

In 2017, we showed that the autism community is strong with the success of our Facebook Page for Autism Moms and kids. On the site, frank dialogue about autism and just plain fun are shared. But we still need your help.

Autism Birthday Club

With the Special Christmas Offer, you can join the Autism Birthday Club for just $25.00 for all of 2018. When you join, you will obtain great odds of winning a $25.00 gift card, and it is free for Autism Families!

Additionally, donate to the Autism Birthday Club and you will receive a VIP Club Card valued at $200 from Goodlife USA, a business similar to hotels.com or expedia.com. You will obtain $200 in discounts for hotel rooms. It is good for two years after activation. You will also receive a thank-you donation letter through the U.S. Mail.

Autism Angel Fan Club

At this particular time of year, we celebrate angels. Whether you believe in literal angels or figurative ones, we all want one in our lives. With monthly donations to the Autism Angel Fan Club, you can be an Angel for Autism. What better way to give?

Thank You

Any donation helps. I sincerely want to thank you for your support thus far; already, so much has been accomplished toward ending autism isolation.

I have a story. I know that so many of you and your children do as well. Please feel free to share them with me and/or the autism community on our Facebook Page.

The happiest of holidays to you, and the best for a Joyous New Year in 2018

Warmest regards,

Tony Tinervia, Jr.

P.S. – We can’t do it without you!

Meet the Founder of Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc. – Tony Tinervia

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The recently founded, Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc., is the compassionate brainchild of Asperger Syndrome-diagnosed Tony Tinervia. I asked Tony a few questions about himself and his nonprofit organization. This is what he had to say:

QUESTION: Tony, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and why you founded the nonprofit Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc. ?

ANSWER:I am the inventor of the Keys to the Capitals board game, and I take pride in the fact that I had Asperger Syndrome when I invented the game. I struggled undiagnosed until I was 58 years old. My career was affected by Asperger Syndrome with low-paying jobs.
My speech wasn’t that good, and I avoided social events. I wanted to be an inspiration to autistic children, and help them obtain Keys to the Capitals board game; we created a fun contest and drawings on my Facebook page where Autism moms gave me great reviews. I have purchased over 89 Amazon gifts to send to Autism families. I funded most of the Amazon purchases and decided to form the nonprofit, Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc.
The goal is to find Autism families and offer them free memberships. We are also looking to obtain recurring donations of $10 monthly with membership in the Autism Angel Fan Club.

QUESTION: On the Capital Keys Autism website, there is an option for becoming a member of the Autism Angel Fan Club. What are the benefits of membership, and what is required for membership?

ANSWER:Benefits of paid memberships include 1:10 odds of a gift card at a recurring monthly donation of $10. For example, 300 paid memberships allow 30 winners for supporters and 30 for Autism families who enter for free. Cancellation of monthly memberships is possible.

QUESTION: Do you have to be a member of the Autism Angel Fan Club to donate to this nonprofit?

ANSWER: No. You can also donate to the Autism Birthday Club. Members of the Autism Birthday Club are entered in drawings for free.
Would you like to support the nonprofit, Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc. owned and operated by the Asperger Syndrome-diagnosed success story Tony Tinervia? Donate either to the Autism Birthday Club or become a member of the Autism Angel Fan Club.