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.


The Political and the Personal

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. 

Gotta Dance

They danced like no one was watching.  With abandon.  And exuberance.  And energy.  And joy. 

Hope Springs

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. 

Doctor, Doctor

I read with interest a recent study finding that young adults on the autism spectrum have less access to health care transition services than do other special needs populations.

Private versus Public

After I wrote my first installment of “Life of Reilly,” I started to worry—about Reilly reading it. 

Breaking Bad

Winter break was too long. And summer break is coming too soon.