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 girl using

Special Needs, Support

If you had a magic wand that could “cure” your child’s disability, would you use it?

I recently asked this question to a group of special needs moms: "If you had a magic wand that could 'cure' your child's disability, would you use it? Why or...

Ivan's hand in the snow table

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Sensory Snow Table!

Here's a fun sensory-friendly activity that is great on a snow day! Let your child explore snow and temperature with their own sensory snow table.

Lily LightAide Goes to School


Lily LightAide Goes to School

With your help, one school will win a free LightAide! And in this contest, everyone will be a winner. We have great runner-up prizes for all the participating schools, too....

Glaucoma Awareness


A Family Guide to Childhood Glaucoma and Cataracts Giveaway!

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Enter to win a copy of A Family Guide to Childhood Glaucoma and Cataracts. Contest ends January 29th, 2015.

Advocacy, Visual Impairment

Awareness T-Shirts for Kids who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Check out these childhood blindness Awareness T-Shirts from Eye Power Kid's Wear! Express yourself and raise awareness for your cause!

baby Ivan with his light box

Light Play

Cups on a Light Box

If you just got yourself a Light Box for your blind child you may not know where to begin. This is a simple activity that may interest your baby right...

Tactile star ornaments

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Make Your Own Tactile Christmas Ornaments!

Here's a simple and fun holiday activity! Make tactile Christmas ornaments with your child and create a more accessible Christmas tree!

cells, DNA, retinal implants montage

Health & Nutrition, Visual Impairment

Top Medical Breakthroughs in Vision in 2014

There have been a lot of medical advances in curing blindness in the past 12 months. Read about the most exciting breakthroughs in gene therapy, stem cells, artificial retinas and...

Top 10 Accessible Toys

Toys, Visual Impairment

Top 10 Accessible Toys for Blind Kids

We recently ran a contest asking families to share their favorite toys for their kids who are blind or have other special needs. Here are the top 10 as voted...

Joy print/braille Christmas cards


Print/Braille Christmas Cards Giveaway

Enter to win a pack of 10 elegant print/braille Christmas cards from National Braille Press. Contest ends December 10th 2014.

Cartoon girl lying on an open book

Braille and Literacy

Great Expectations: Bringing books to life for blind kids

Tips for reading aloud to blind children, courtesy of National Braille Press, complete with video and featured story.

Yuko-chan doll


Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll, a book about a little girl who is blind who saves her village. Contest ends December 17th 2014.