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.


Schools for the Blind

Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind

Located on the island of O'ahu, the Hawai'i School for the Deaf and Blind provides an ASL bilingual-bicultural program to the islands’ deaf, blind and deafblind students

Anna's Celebration of Life Foundation

Special Needs

Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation

Anna's Celebration of Life Foundation grants wishes to families of children with special needs who require but can't afford therapies, recreational and therapeutic equipment, service dogs and much more.

Ivan playing with slime

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Nontoxic Slime!

This is a super simple recipe for homemade nontoxic slime. It's perfect for kids who tend to put things in their mouth while they play because it's safe! It's still...


Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Tactile Shamrock Fun: Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the Garden!

Find out the difference between shamrocks and clovers (hint: there isn't any), learn about the different types of shamrocks and discover a fun shamrock craft! Happy St Patrick's Day!

girl in ball pit

Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Ball Pit!

Making your own ball pit at home is a great way to entertain the kids on a cold winter day. It's also a wonderful multi-sensory activity for special needs kids!

Lucky Day


Happy Music Giveaway!

Enter to win a new CD from Stacey Peasley and Bari Koral! Lucky Day and The Apple Tree & the Honey Bee are two fun and happy CDs for kids....


Beginner Band Set Giveaway!

Enter to win a Melissa & Doug Beginner Band Set (ages three and up) from Little Kids Instruments! Comes with a wooden xylophone, kazoo, harmonica, castanets and a jingle stick....

glasses giveaway


Taffy Eyewear Giveaway!

Enter to win a free pair of eyeglass frames of your choice from Taffy Eyewear! Pick any frame color, style or size that's in stock. Giveaway ends February 27th 2014.

Feeling water in a bowl

Math and Science

Learning About Hot and Cold

In this experiment we learn about HOT and COLD! This is a great way to encourage your child to touch, think and explore. It's also a wonderful activity to encourage...

collection of handmade dolls


4-Eyed Ragdoll Giveaway!

Enter to win a rag doll wearing glasses from Eye Candy by Gwen! These ragdolls are handmade out of super soft sateen and are super cute! Giveaway ends February 24th...

Tommy Edison on YouTube


Tommy Edison on YouTube

Tommy Edison is a YouTube sensation! He posts videos about what it's like being blind. He's very real and so funny!

valentine's candy

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Valentine’s Day Resources for Families of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired

FamilyConnect shares accessible ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day with your blind or visually impaired child. They list accessible craft ideas and fun braille gift ideas too!