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.
The positive result of Reilly's recent “break” from school was that I had a chance to have a long talk with his counselor at NYIT about how he is doing in general and what our next steps might be.
I think it's only fair to report that I didn't have all the facts when I filed my last column about the shoplifting incident involving Reilly's friends.
Another column deadline spurred me to check in with Reilly. We had a nice chat on a Friday afternoon, when he was relaxed and happy to answer my many questions.
For the first time since I started writing this column, my deadline approached and I didn't have anything to say.
It's hard for me to let my kids struggle, particularly when the kid is Reilly.
Reilly's summer is rapidly coming to an end.
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.
Last week, Cameron had an interview with the director of a postsecondary program we are considering. The interview was done via Skype.
Being a self-advocate in the autism community for the past several years has definitely had a few perks here and there.
Last night I had a dream that found me raging through my childhood home. For some reason, I was very angry with my family.
Every day I live with and struggle to compensate for my autism.
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