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.
Reilly has a girlfriend, apparently a serious girlfriend. At least they were pretty serious until they parted for the summer.
It's time to talk about money, and sex. Both very difficult topics for families of young adults on the spectrum.
Reilly comes home from his first year away at postsecondary school this week.
You can't help but notice that April is Autism Awareness Month. We're urged by Autism Speaks to “light it up blue” in support.
They danced like no one was watching. With abandon. And exuberance. And energy. And joy.
We're winding down Reilly's spring break as I write. It's been a good week. I haven't accomplished much except to attend to his social and laundry needs.
With April being Autism Awareness Month, everyone is getting into the spirit of helping out when it come to this cause.
I was recently asked to host a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization that provides employment services for adults with mental illness, addiction or autism.
If you’ve ever read a column I’ve written before, you probably know that I spend a great deal of time trying to figure out where my son will go and what he will do ...
I wanted to take some time in my column this week to commend the job being done by the Wall Street Journal in covering the topic of employment and autism.
One of the reasons I love spending time with Willie is his refreshing lack of pretense. I'm not good at polite deception, and neither is my brother.
There is an old stereotype associated with people on the autism spectrum which states that we lack feelings or, more specifically, have no empathy.
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