Rose Donovan started her journalism career as an investigative reporter at a newspaper in Sarasota, Florida. She moved with her husband to Washington, D.C., where she spent six years as a reporter and editor for a chain of daily newspapers in the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs. She veered away from the newspaper business for a stint as a reporter for a daily education newsletter, but found she missed the newspaper life.
After her first child was born, Rose scaled back to part-time work, copy editing business stories at The Washington Post for the next decade, while having two more babies. She took a break when all three children were in elementary school and her youngest son, Reilly, was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, and later, autism spectrum disorder. While raising her children, she did a variety of volunteer work, including editing PTA newsletters at three different schools.
With all three children out of the nest, she is embarking on the next chapter of her life, writing and advocating on autism issues.
We finally have the answer to what Reilly will be doing in the fall. It isn’t exactly what we hoped for, but it’s pretty close, and probably for the best.
I was going to write about a disturbing case here in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, involving the arrest of three teenage girls for tormenting and assaulting a high school boy with autism.
As one school year winds down for Reilly, we remain uncertain what the next one holds.
I was recently asked to host a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization that provides employment services for adults with mental illness, addiction or autism.
Reilly’s spring break, which began ominously with a stomach bug and a St. Patrick’s Day blizzard, ended with a hopeful road trip and potentially (fingers tightly crossed) new school.
The future creeps up on you when you’re busy doing other things. Deadlines and decisions come jumping at you just when you start to relax.
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