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.

Ivan in his mother's arms

Visual Impairment

The Day I Redefined Perfection as the Mother of a Blind Child

How can your baby be perfect if he can't see? Obviously there is something really wrong with his eyes, and isn't perfect the absence of wrong?

Ivan and mom in the bouncy house


Why a supportive community is so important for special needs kids!

Ivan wanted to join in the inflated obstacle course, but can a child with low muscle tone make it to the end of the course?

White Cane Day


White Cane Day Giveaway!

How do you celebrate White Cane Day on October 15th? How about by entering this giveaway to win this book celebrating the holiday! Contest ends June 25 2015.

All Kinds of You and Me cover art


All Kinds of You and Me Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Alastair Moock's new album, All Kinds of You and Me. Contest ends June 1, 2015.

crayons in a picket line


The Day the Crayons Quit Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of The Day the Crayons Quit in print and braille from National Braille Press (plus lots of other colorful goodies). Contest ends June 25, 2015.

Accessible Preschool Arts & Crafts

Tactile Arts and Crafts, Visual Impairment

12 Easy Tips for Accessible Preschool Arts & Crafts for Kids who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Can a blind preschooler be included in preschool arts and crafts? Of course! With a little planning and forethought, preschool crafts can be completely accessible.

Ivan at the Shark and Ray Touch Tank

Visual Impairment

12 Tips for an Accessible Zoo Visit for Kids who are Visually Impaired

Can the zoo be accessible for a blind child? Of course! Find tips from moms on how to make your visit to the zoo meaningful and enjoyable.

Ivan playing with Bead Maze

Toys, Visual Impairment

10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Toy for a Child who is Blind

The next time you're in a toy store or department store looking for toys for your child who is blind or visually impaired, keep these 10 questions in mind!

tactile dominoes


Tactile Dominoes Giveaway!

Enter to win this tactile dominoes set from Cost Cutters Education Supplies. Contest ends April 30 2015.

Ivan on swing

Behavior, Sensory Activities

8 Calming or Stimulating Sensory Activities for Kids with Sensory Impairment

Find a list of of sensory activities along with ways to make them more calming or more alerting and information about which sensory system they target. Try them out and...

tactile books

Braille and Literacy

I read with My hands: Tactile books

I read with my hands books have helped teachers and parents to introduce reading in a fun way to young visually impaired/blind children.

headrest covers on display at the FCSN conference


Wheelchair Headrest Covers Giveaway!

Is your wheelchair naked? Enter to win a unique and fashionable wheelchair headrest cover from myXpressions and express your own style through your chair! Giveaway ends March 30th 2015.