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.

parachute with kids running underneath

Toys, Visual Impairment

The Best Toys for Parties and Get Togethers for Kids who are Visually Impaired

Sometimes kids need a little help to get the party started, and that is exactly what party toys are for. We list here our favorite party toys for children who...

Love Me for Who I Am


Love Me for Who I Am Giveaway!

Rymer's CD of singalong songs are instantly memorable, and his videos show kids of all shapes, sizes, and abilities singing along.

Braille Blocks


Braille Alphabet Blocks Giveaway

Alphabet building blocks by Uncle Goose feature raised alphabet letters, braille, and finger-spelling, plus color variation and print letters, for limitless matching, sorting, stacking and spelling.



Tumzee Giveaway

Growing babies develop motor skills during "tummy time," and may need the support of a positioning cushion like Original Baby Company's Tumzee. One of our readers won a Tumzee in...

How We See It Book


How We See It Giveaway!

This guide covers basic information about visual development in children and eye health, as well as very specific and practical advice on environmental adaptations for home and at school.

Ivan playing with his scented rattle

Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Scented Rattle!

It's so easy to make a rattle for your blind baby that also has its own unique smell. Teach your baby about cause and effect with the sound while you...

Ivan with his giant pegboard


Discovery Toys: Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Learn about fun toys from Discovery Toys and how they can encouraqge your blind or disabled child's development.

Ivan on a ball

Development, Visual Impairment

In, On, and Under: Teaching Children who are Blind About Location

Basic prepositional concepts like in, on, under, behind, etc. can be very difficult for blind children to master. We'll share our ideas to help you teach these concepts.

Ivan eating a nectarine

Feeding and Eating

Teaching the Whole Concept: Learning about where our food comes from

Learning whole concepts can be difficult and take some time for children with vision impairments. Rather than trying to teach everything at once, give your child time to explore his...

toy basket


Make Your Own Toy Basket!

All you really need is a basket and some toys and you're well on your way to creating a fun and educational toy for your visually impaired baby. Here's how...

A baby girl reaching out with her fingers

Music Play

Nursery Rhyme Hand Motions

Children love interactive songs, and kids who are blind or visually impaired can learn coordination, body awareness, rhythm, and teamwork. Watch these videos to learn the simple hand motions for...

Perkins Panda Kit

Braille and Literacy

The Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program

Learn about the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program and why it's a wonderful program for blind babies and toddlers.