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.

Ivan smiling as a baby

Special Needs, Support

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When My Child was First Diagnosed with a Disability

If you could go back in time to when your child was first diagnosed with a disability, what would you tell yourself? What advice would you give?

Ivan crying

Autism, Behavior

6 Strategies for Addressing Self-Injurious Behaviors

Self injurious behaviors are, unfortunately, not unusual for kids with special needs. These behaviors could be anything from biting, hitting or even banging their head on the walls or furniture....

bake sale

Special Needs

Beyond Bake Sales: How to Raise Money So You Can Attend a Family Conference

Conferences for families of children with disabilities are the perfect places to meet people and learn about your child's condition, but they can be so expensive! Here are ideas that...

talking easter eggs

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Visual Impairment

Talking Easter Eggs: Making Easter Accessible for Kids who are Blind

Talking or beeping easter eggs make Easter much more fun and inclusive for children who are blind or visually impaired. We'll show you a couple of places where you can...

cookies

Cooking and Kitchen Play, Visual Impairment

What can your blind child learn while baking in the kitchen?

The kitchen is the perfect place to teach your visually impaired child important life lessons. Think about all the things you learn just while making cookies!

iPad Accessibility Menu Screenshot Updated for iOS9

iPad Apps and Accessibility

Top 10 iPad & iOS9 Accessibility Features

Apple's iPad is supposed to be very accessible for kids with special needs, but you might need help setting it up so your child can use it properly.

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

Advocacy

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

Giveaways

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

Support

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...