About Me

Donna Ross-Jones
I am Evyn and Nicky’s mom. I am challenged and rewarded daily; caring for Nicky who has autism, raising my daughter, being a mom & owning a business. Nicky’s diagnosis changed our lives and installed a profound desire in me to serve others. I co-founded a non profit Special Needs Network (a community org. dedicated to helping underserved families). I have participated in training videos & documentaries; “I Am Your Child” with Sylvester Stallone”, Dr. Brazelton’s “Coping with Grief”; Joey Travolta & Keri Bowers “Normal People Scare Me”. I serve on the Board at N.L.A Regional Ctr & I have been working on the CA Dept. of Developmental Services ASD project: developing Guidelines for Effective Interventions. I testified before the Blue Ribbon Senate Commission on Autism and was seated on a task force which developed legislative recommendations to improve supports for people with ASD. I recently accepted an appointment on a CA Senate Committee chaired by Senator Steinberg. My company Transition Music provides music for TV & Film. I’ve been honored with recognition by the City of Los Angeles, featured in the LA Times, Hollywood Reporter, Black Enterprise & Music Connection.
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Why this blog?
My friend Lee urged me to create a blog to write about my days. The daily events he has heard me rant about as I raise my son who has autism and my daughter with a condition we all know much about "being a teenager" as a single parent.
He persuaded me that my “daily” stories could help others understand and learn from my journey. So here we are. My goal will be to share something useful with you, albeit about autism, teenage daughters, gratitude, survival, friendships, the education system, or even singlemomness.

Your comments left on the site are open for all to read, so please join the conversation. If you have a specific question for me, please send it to autismdaybyday@gmail.com.


  1. gofundme.com/AutismInNeed- I'm a single mother with little income and no family support. Anything you can help with will be appreciated thanks in advance.

  2. Hi Donna,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Autism - Day by Day has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Autism Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Autism Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


  3. Hello,
    I am a YouTuber creating awareness and help content about Autism. I just wanted to share this video with you incase it was helpful to you and your community, and if so just wondering if you would be able to post share it. I totally understand if you cannot or you don’t want to. I am just trying to reach out to the community.

    Asperger’s Syndrome: Understanding (2018)

    VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/AdzG9aoxU5E

    Thank you.

    Kind Regards.

  4. Hey I know there is a lot about girls with autism and how the symptoms can differ from males and also why girls get a harder time seeking a diagnosis. I made a video all about it, please let me know what you think. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-bGIhCjGJU&list=PLsnq_HpT7puQDe0Q7yy_z0A2dcdXHoLf1

  5. I made a vide on the effectiveness of CBD (cannabis oil) on Autism. I hope this video helps someone.

  6. I made this video on how to test for Asperger’s Syndrome Link: https://youtu.be/WRxrX_Suygc

  7. Parenting autism can be difficult, Kevin Chapman discusses raising a child with Autism in this video :). https://youtu.be/i_rZSNTZ3mg

  8. Is autism treated differently in the US than in the UK? I'd love to know your thoughts on it. I did this video on it with an American vs me a Brit so I'd like to know what you think of it? https://youtu.be/raR0em-WtpM

  9. I made this video on asperger in adults, just to help someone if they are wondering if someone they know or love has aspergers.


  10. I made a video on why people with Aspergers have meltdowns, and what you can do to help. https://youtu.be/2zakwb8YpWg

  11. Know these symptoms to spot children with Aspergers. In this video I’ll be showing you 5 ways you can identify Aspergers symptoms in children, so you will know what to look out for. VIDEO: https://youtu.be/xuISrtdPfrI

  12. Hello, I am doing a Psychology Major at Southern Utah University and I am in a group that is doing a presentation on Autism and are assigned to follow a blog to get input, insight and information of the aspects of Autism. I myself have a little brother that has Down syndrome and a bit of autism. I am very familiar with these conditions and enjoy working with children and older individuals that have these as well as understanding of what families go through with such cases. Will you mind that I and my group follow the blog and get to know your point of view from the experiences you have had and are having?