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 But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her son.

kids playing

Behavior, Visual Impairment

Plays Well with Others: Helping Your Blind Child Develop Social Skills

Sometimes children with vision impairments can find it difficult to be around other children. If your child has this problem, then you know how hard it can be when your...

protestors walking down a street


An open letter to protestors from a special needs mom

I support your right to have your voice heard, but I have one request: Please keep your protest on the sidewalk.

baby's hand

Parenting, Visual Impairment

My baby is blind… What do I do?

When your baby is diagnosed with a visual impairment you may at first feel lost. What do you do? Where do you begin?

interior page of Getting Ready


Tactile Book Giveaway!

Enter to win three fabulous tactile books designed for children who are visually impaired. Giveaway ends January 19th 2017.

Our 20 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids with CVI

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Our 20 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids with CVI

The iPad is very interactive and easily tailored to suit the needs of kids with CVI, if you have the right apps. Here are our favorites!

happy baby


Please Don’t Feel Sorry for Me or My Special Needs Child

I don't want my friends or family to feel sorry for me or for my child. I'm not saying this in a tough "I can handle this so you don't...

Woman meditating on a dock


The one thing I haven’t learned as a special needs parent

A lot of people write about what they've learned as a special needs parent, but there's one thing I still haven't learned yet.

Braille alphabet tub

Braille and Literacy

Make Your Own Braille Alphabet Tubs

Make your own braille alphabet tubs using print/braille blocks and tactile items from around your home.

mom and baby

Visual Impairment

Can Someone Who is Blind Be a Parent?

The Parenting with Vision Loss series from VisionAware provides helpful tips and advice from a genuine expert.

boy using a slate and stylus

Braille and Literacy, Visual Impairment

Do Blind Kids Still Need to Learn Braille?

From screen readers like JAWS on your computer or VoiceOver on your iPhone to audio books and MP3s, there are multiple ways to listen to words rather than read them,...

little girl frowning in front of christmas tree

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

To the Special Needs Family Who Just Can’t Do Christmas This Year

A message for all the parents of special needs kids who just can't do Christmas this year: It's OK. Skip it.

Enter to win an iPad, SMART Brailler or LightAide


Spread the Love Giveaway!

Enter to win an iPad Air 2, a LightAide and a SMART Brailler! Contest will run until December 15th 2016. Good luck!