Rose Donovan

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 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. 

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.