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.

Little girl with special needs making her own breakfast.

Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Developing Self-Care Skills in Children with Disabilities

Mastering self-care skills can be especially empowering for children with disabilities, helping them to gain independence and confidence.

Little girl with special needs drinking from a straw.

Product Reviews, Special Needs

11 Best Tools for Teaching Self Care to Disabled Kids

For children with disabilities, adaptive tools are essential for learning how to master self-care skills like grooming, hygiene, and self-feeding.

Young child reading a Living Paintings tactile book.

Braille and Literacy

Living Paintings Tactile Books

Living Paintings is a Uk based charity that designs, creates, and publishes Touch to See books for kids who are blind.

CVI Toddler Vision Eye Training App

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Special Needs

CVI Toddler Vision Eye Training App

This free digital visual training tool for computer or mobile devices is designed to help toddlers with CVI practice their visual skills.

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Braille and Literacy, Support

Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight

Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight is dedicated to fostering the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired.

A box solar oven.

Math and Science

How To Make a Solar Oven: Step By Step

Building a solar oven is a great way to teach your child about heat, insulation, and the scientific method.

The Impossible Dream sail boat.

Special Needs

Impossible Dream Accessible Sailing

The Impossible Dream, a universally accessible catamaran, travels the world creating access to the water for thousands of people with disabilities.

Sensee braille learning kit.

Braille and Literacy

Sensee Braille Books and Learning Set

Sensee creates educational braille products for visually impaired children and I had the chance to look at (and touch!) their books.

A boy with his grandfather.

Special Needs, Support

10 Tips for Grandparents of Visually Impaired Children

What can you do when your grandchild is born with a disability? Here are tips to help you relate to your family and give them the support they need.

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Braille and Literacy

Get Braille: Braille Transcribing Services

Get Braille specializes in converting documents into braille, large print, and audio materials for students, family members and customers.

CosmoBally

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Math and Science

Sonokids Apps Introduce Space, STEM, and Sonification to Kids Who Are Blind

These iPad apps from Sonokids feature the astronaut character CosmoBally who teaches blind children about space and sonification.

Ivan sleeping in his Safe Place Bedding Travel Bed.

Sleep, Special Needs

Safe Place Bedding Travel Bed Review

Traveling with a special needs child can be stressful! Having a safe, durable, and easy to use travel bed can make traveling so much easier!