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.

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Assistive Technology

Perkins Assistive Technology Store

Perkins Assistive Technology Store has expanded its focus to include a broad spectrum of high- and low-tech devices for individuals who are blind.

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Schools for the Blind

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision's mission is to enhance employment and independent living individuals who are blind.


Fine and Gross Motor


The WaterWayBabies System is a simple, easy-to-use water-based method of stimulating and strengthening your baby to help improve physical and mental development.


Eye Conditions and Syndromes

A-Z to Deafblindness

This site offers help to deafblind people, those who provide specialized services for those who are deafblind and to make people more aware about deafblindness.

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Music Play, Visual Impairment

Music as Motivator for our Visually Impaired Kids

Music can be a great way to stimulate a visually impaired baby, but where do you begin? We'll give you some practical ways to incorporate music into your baby's day.

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Product Reviews

Nowa Li: Moccasin Socks for Kids (who Hate Shoes)

Nowa Li: Socks with mocassin bottoms that are great for your special needs child's sensitive little feet!

Ivan eating

Feeding and Eating

Time to Eat! Our favorite meal-time products that make feeding babies & toddlers easier

The secret to successful mealtime may be in the utensils! We review and recommend the best place settings, snack storage, and bibs that support kids with disabilities as they develop...

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Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Texture Bag!

With some extra fabric, a sewing machine, and a little creativity you can make a fun bag of textures for your blind child. A texture bag is a great way...

Booster Seat

Feeding and Eating

The First Years Booster Seat

The First Years Booster Seat is the best seat for children. Compact, easy to set up, and you can take it anywhere!


Toys, Visual Impairment

The Bilibo: A Great Toy for Visually Impaired Kids

Find out about Ivan's new favorite toy - the Bilibo - and why it's so great!

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Visual Impairment

Let’s Work Together: 8 Tips for Working with a Child Who is Blind

We'll show you how to help therapists and doctors better adapt to working with your blind or visually impaired child.


Schools for the Blind

Council of Schools for the Blind

The Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB) is a consortium of specialized schools in Canada and the United States whose major goal is improving the quality of services to...