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.

a collage of children's book covers

Braille and Literacy, Visual Impairment

25+ Children’s Books Featuring Visually Impaired Characters

We've collected 25+ picture books, chapter books and young adult novels with visually impaired characters. Each title is followed by a quick description and links to find the book in...

Alexis with the LightAide


LightAide Giveaway!

Big news! We're giving away one LightAide for the holidays! Enter to win your very own LightAide from Philips. Contest ends December 10th 2015.

jingle bells


Jingle Bells Craft Book and Christmas CD Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Daria's Jingle Bells Craft Book plus her Celebrate the Season: Multicultural Songs for the Holidays CD. You can do holiday crafts and listen to...

Latke, the Lucky Dog


Latke, the Lucky Dog Print/Braille Book Giveaway!

Enter to win the Hanukkah book, Latke, the Lucky Dog, from NBP in print and braille! This giveaway ends December 10th 2015.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas


Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Print/Braille Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas in print and braille from National Braille Press! Giveaway ends December 10th 2015.

My Freeloader

Product Reviews

My Freeloader: A Carrier For Big Kids

My Freeloader is a backpack system designed to comfortably carry children that weigh between 25 and 80 pounds!

Explore My World Duffle Bag


Developmental Duffle Giveaway!

Enter to win the Explore My World Duffle Bag from Developmental Duffle, full of toys hand-picked for kids who are visually impaired. Contest ends December 10th, 2015.

tactile inTACT Sketchpad


inTACT Tactile Sketchpad Giveaway!

Enter to win a tactile inTACT Sketchpad for the holidays from Perkins Solutions! Contest ends December 10th 2015.

Ivan's Scary Skeleton Halloween Wheelchair Costume

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Scary Skeleton Halloween Wheelchair Costume

Looking for a fun and SPOOKY Halloween costume idea for your child's wheelchair? This year Ivan will be a skeleton in a graveyard!

a tree illustration


Strengthening Your Parenting Partnership During Pediatric Illness

Raising a child with significant special or medical needs is challenging. Have you stopped to think about how that challenge is effecting your relationship with your spouse or partner?

Ivan and dad at the cafe


Am I Failing My Child? Managing Guilt as a Special Needs Parent

All parents feel guilt, but for parents of special needs kids, those feelings of guilt can be multiplied by a thousand.

Ivan washing his hands in the sink

Potty Training, Visual Impairment

8 Tips for Surviving Toilet Training in Public Bathrooms with Your Blind Child

Toilet training a child with special needs is difficult enough... have you tackled public bathrooms yet?