Rose Donovan

Rose Donovan

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.

Travels with Reilly

Reilly and I just returned from a family reunion weekend in the Midwest. We almost never travel alone, just the two of us without any other members of our immediate family. 

Getting Away

Autism stalks me. Or at least it felt that way on a recent weekend getaway.

Brother's Keepers

There has been a lot of wonderful, poignant writing on AA16 about how autism affects siblings, much of it by Caroline McGraw, sister to Willie.

The Talk

Reilly has a girlfriend, apparently a serious girlfriend. At least they were pretty serious until they parted for the summer. 

Paying the Bills

It's time to talk about money, and sex. Both very difficult topics for families of young adults on the spectrum. 

Back to the Nest

Reilly comes home from his first year away at postsecondary school this week.