Amber Bobnar

Originally from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Massachusetts to be closer to Boston Children’s Hospital where her son, Ivan, now receives medical care.

 

She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her son.

Two kids playing with kinetic sand.

Cooking and Kitchen Play, Tactile Arts and Crafts

9 Best Edible Art Projects for Blind Kids

Crafts can easily be adapted to use edible materials so that tasting is both okay and encouraged.

A little girl creating tactile art with beads and clay.

Tactile Arts and Crafts

6 Tips to Make Art Projects Accessible For Blind Kids

Art is considered a visual activity, but by using varied textures and focusing on three-dimensional projects, touch can become the primary focus of the art.

A child tracing their hand with blue paint.

Tactile Arts and Crafts

11 Surprising Benefits of Art for Blind Children

Tactile art is the perfect way to introduce your blind child to artistic expression, and there are multiple surprising benefits as well!

Liberty braille water bottle

Braille and Literacy

Liberty Braille Bottles

Liberty Bottles creates customizable water bottles with raised and readable braille printing on their bottles.

Headphones with decals on them.

Autism, Behavior

Autism Headphone Decals

Many kids with autism wear noise-canceling headphones to help them deal with loud noises. These decals adhere to the headphones and let others know what they are for!

Xavier Society for the Blind

Braille and Literacy

Xavier Society for the Blind

Xavier Society distributes religious, spiritual, and inspirational reading materials in braille and audio to blind and visually impaired individuals worldwide.

One of the sets with text instructions for blind builders.

Toys, Visual Impairment

Bricks for the Blind

Bricks for the Blind provides text, audio, and braille instructions for LEGO sets that allows blind people to build LEGO sets independently.

Sense of Play by Dana Meachen Rau

Braille and Literacy, Product Reviews, Visual Impairment

Sense of Play

Dana Meachen Rau's book, Sense of Play, follows the adventures of Chip and Joy as they play. Chip is blind, but this doesn't get in the way of their play!

Discovering the Braille Universe

Braille and Literacy

Discovering the Braille Universe: A Handbook for Blind Kids and Their Parents

Discovering the Braille Universe is a navigational tool providing valuable insights, advice, and guidance for individuals living with blindness.

Glo Pals in a water sensory table.

Light Play, Sensory Activities

Glo Pals Water-Activated Light-Up Cubes for Sensory Play

Glo Pals are light-up cubes that are only activated when wet! You can play with them in a water table or in the bathtub for sensory water play.

Six blue origami birds being led by one yellow origami bird.

Tactile Arts and Crafts, Visual Impairment

Accessible Origami for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Accessible Origami provides basic text-only step-by-step instructions on how to fold popular origami figures for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Insight Beyond Eyesight logo

Visual Impairment

Insight Beyond Eyesight

Insight Beyond Eyesight provides support, information, and networking for Jewish individuals who are visually impaired and their families.