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.

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes


Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of the print/braille picture book "The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes" from National Braille Press! Contest ends November 18th at midnight.

Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel


Winnie the Pooh Hanukkah Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel in print and braille from Future Aids! This board book would be perfect for baby's first Hanukkah....

Castle blocks


Castle Giveaway!

Enter to win a print-braille copy of "Castle: How it Works" from National Braille Press plus a fun wooden castle play set from Melissa & Doug!

Ivan in his hot air balloon halloween wheelchair costume

Holiday Crafts and Ideas

Hot Air Balloon Wheelchair Costume

Here's a fun idea for Halloween - how about transforming your child's wheelchair into a hot air balloon? All you really need is some foam board and cardboard strips to...


Advocacy, Support

Friends Helping Friends: Why Special Needs Parents Have to Rely on Each Other

Where can parents of children with special needs find the services, resources and programs designed to help them? Noelia says most of her information comes from other parents.

Lily LightAide


The Backpacking LightAide Program!

Lily LightAide is traveling across the United States and wants to come visit you! Apply to be part of this program and find out how the LightAide can help your...

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Visual Impairment

Our Favorite Apps for Children Who are Visually Impaired

A collection of 15 (mostly free!) apps perfect for kids who are blind or visually impaired. Listed in categories ranging from visual stimulation to communication and fine motor needs.

EDA Play App

iPad Apps and Accessibility

EDA Play App Review

EDA Play is an app designed to enhance your child's visual and fine motor skills through 4 levels of play. The best part about this app is that it is...

2 children working on a science experiment

Math and Science, Visual Impairment

Independence Science for Visually Impaired Students

Independence Science strives to create science classrooms that exhibit the full integration of students with disabilities. They provide matrerials, resources and advice that may not be available through a local...

QR Code iD logo


QR Code iD: Finding Your Child When They are Lost

This handy system can help you find your child if he wanders off! Just keep the QR Code on his person (as a tag or on clothing) and anyone who...

100 hungry ants


100 Hungry Ants Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of 100 Hungry Ants (with snap cubes!) from National Braille Press. This book is in print and braille and comes with a set of snap...

Handmade Tactile Book

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Tactile Art

Make Your Own Tactile Summer Memory Book

Make a tactile summer memory book with your child who is blind or visually impaired so they can remember what they did over summer break and share with their classmates...