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.

kids in horticultural therapy class

Sensory Activities

Horticultural Therapy

What is horticultural therapy and what are the benefits for blind or visually impaired children? We'll explain what the therapy is and give you a few fun ideas so you...

Ivan getting an EEG

Health & Nutrition

What is an EEG Really Like?

If your child's neurologist has ordered an EEG you may be wondering what the test will be like and whether or not it will be painful or traumatic for your...

planting seeds


Gardening Giveaway!

Enter to win two fun gardening prizes! We're giving away a copy of Maria Sangiolo's "Planting Seeds" children's CD and an Amazing Moving Plant Greenhouse Kit.



iPad Giveaway!

Enter to win the perfect iPad package for a child with special needs! We're giving away a NEW iPad (iPad 3), a sturdy case, switches and three apps.

NYISE front of school

Schools for the Blind

The New York Institute for Special Education

The New York Institute for Special Education serves 300 children with visual, learning and developmental disabilities.

Sound Eggs Sensory Activity

Sensory Activities

Sound Eggs Sensory Activity

Fill each egg with a different object to make different sounds when you shake them. Fill your eggs in pairs so you can play a matching game!

2 guide dogs

Orientation and Mobility

MIRA Guide Dog Foundation

The MIRA Foundation is totally dedicated to helping disabled individuals by teaming them with dogs bred and fully trained to respond to their adaptation and rehabilitation needs.

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind logo

Schools for the Blind

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

For more than a century and a half, AIDB has been investing in the lives of thousands of infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors who are challenged by hearing and...

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

Toys, Visual Impairment

Wikki Stix for the Sight-Impaired

Wikki Stix are an easy way to create tactile graphics, assist with O & M training, map concepts, music lessons, daily living skills and much more. Since they adhere to...

Five Sharks Swimming app

iPad Apps and Accessibility

Smarty Pants & Five Sharks App Reviews

Inclusive Technology, a company that creates software for children with special needs, has also created a set of fun and accessible iPad apps. We review the two that are best...

CSB logo

Schools for the Blind

California School for the Blind

The California School for the Blind provides intensive, disability specific educational services for enrolled students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, and visually impaired/multi-disabled, whose primary learning needs are related...

kids brailling

Schools for the Blind

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) was established for the purpose of providing comprehensive educational services for children, birth to age 21, who are blind/low vision...