Holly Bonner, MPA, MSW, CASAC
Holly Bonner is a Staten Island based psychotherapist and the Director of Education and Outreach for IlluminArt Productions, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the power of theater to help children develop solutions for social problems.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in her late teens, Holly battled the disease throughout much of her 20s. The various treatments she received ultimately impacted her eyesight. In 2012, at the age of 32, she was declared legally blind due to the neurological condition, optic neuritis. Holly currently has no vision in her left eye. Her right eye can detect shapes, shadows, and light. In April 2016, she was also diagnosed with alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease resulting in loss of hair on the scalp and other areas of the body.
Six months after being declared legally blind, Holly learned she was pregnant with her first child. She and her husband, Joseph, are now the proud parents of two daughters. Read about Holly's experiences as a mother in the Blind Parenting series.
Holly earned her Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Human Services from Audrey Cohen College. She attained her master's degree in public administration from Metropolitan College of New York. Holly also holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from the prestigious Columbia University School of Social Work.
Holly has over 15 years experience working with at-risk youth in a variety of clinical and community settings. Her areas of expertise include anti-bullying education, addiction counseling, juvenile justice proceedings, domestic violence, and veterans’ advocacy.
In addition, she is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in the State of New York as well as an Internationally Certified Alcohol Substance Abuse Counselor (ICADC). Holly is a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HSBCP) and a nationally certified trainer in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).
Holly blogs about her unique parenting experiences on her website Blindmotherhood.com. She has survived parenting and blindness by embracing the mantra "never lose sight of life, love, and laughter."
Holly is also active on social media. Follow her on:
- Tips for Toddler Potty Training for Parents Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
by Holly Bonner on 1/25/2017
- Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
by Holly Bonner on 1/11/2017
- Gift Suggestions for Kids of Blind Parents
by Holly Bonner on 11/23/2016
- Bottle-Feeding Baby As a Blind or Visually Impaired Mother
by Holly Bonner on 11/9/2016
- Blindness and Infertility: A Mother's Story
by Holly Bonner on 9/29/2016