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.

Front cover of iBook Reach for the Stars

Math and Science, Visual Impairment

Reach for the Stars: Free iBook for Visually Impaired Students

This free iBook, available on iTunes, is compatible with braille refreshable displays and VoiceOver on iPads, and is accessible to anyone with a visual or print impairment.

Halloween crafting ideas for kids with special needs

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

10 Accessible and Sensory-Friendly Halloween Ideas

Find ideas for Halloween crafts and activities that are accessible for blind or visually impaired kids. We've also got a lot of multi-sensory ideas too!

Perkins Playspace

Play, Visual Impairment

Make Your Own Play Space for Your Blind Baby!

Blind babies may need help learning how to interact with and be actively involved in their environment. You can build your own active learning play space so your baby can...

Marty the SMART Brailler


The Backpacking SMART Brailler in the UK!

Marty the SMART Brailler is ready to choose a new home in the UK! Families in the UK have been hosting the SMART Brailler in their homes and now you...

Raffi & Caspar Babypants


Raffi & Caspar Babypants Giveaway!

Enter to win two new albums, one from the legendary Raffi and one from the also wonderful Caspar Babypants. This giveaway ends September 30th, 2014.

Art Beyond the Eyes: A Handbook For Visual Art Teachers Working with Students with Visual Impairments


Art Beyond the Eyes Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Art Beyond the Eyes: A Handbook For Visual Art Teachers Working with Students with Visual Impairments. This would be a great addition to any...

graphic of US and research center locations

Health & Nutrition

Undiagnosed Diseases Network

The NIH has established an Undiagnosed Diseases Network to link research sites across the country and develop diagnoses and treatments for rare diseases.

Will Patch for Cake t-shirt

Eye Conditions and Syndromes

11 Super Fun Patching Resources to Make Patching Easy!

Patching can be a chore and a challenge, but if you keep it light and fun, you'll get through it. Here are our favorite patching resources that will make patching...

Pinterest for parents of blind children

Visual Impairment

21 Pinterest Boards All Parents of Blind Kids MUST Follow!

Pinterest is one of the best ways for a parent of a child with special needs to find what they need on the internet. Here are my favorite Pinterest boards...

messy play

Feeding and Eating

Using Messy Play to Teach Self Feeding Skills

Play time is a great opportunity to practice daily living skills without the pressure of "working" on a skill. Here's an idea to use messy play as a time to...

Anabel with her stay-put tray


Make Your Own Stay-Put Tray!

Create your own stay-put toy system on your child's tray! This is perfect for blind babies who often throw their toys then can't find them again on their own.

17 Braille Innovations

Braille and Literacy, Visual Impairment

17 Braille Innovations That Don’t Exist Yet… But Should!

A lot of the coolest ideas involving braille aren't actually on the market yet. Listed here are some of my favorite braille concepts. And maybe if we reach out to...