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The Golden Hat

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The Golden Hat

Talking Back to Autism

By Kate Winslet; Keli Thorsteinsson; Margret Ericsdottir

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451645439, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2012

Imagine what it would be like not to be able to communicate with those we love. For many individuals living with nonverbal autism and their families, this is their everyday reality. The Golden Hat is an intimate response to this reality created by Kate Winslet, Margret Ericsdottir, and her son Keli, who has nonverbal autism.
Thank you for taking this journey with us. We hope this book brings a new awareness of the opportunity we have to help those with autism learn to communicate and realize their ambitions. People with autism have the potential to achieve great things, but only when given the appropriate support and education. This is why the Golden Hat Foundation was formed. All author proceeds from this book go directly to the Golden Hat Foundation. With your help, we can change the world for people with autism. For more information about the Golden Hat Foundation and ways you can help, please visit our website:
"I simply couldn't conceive of how devastating it would be not to be able to hear my children's voices. Not to be able to communicate with them, to hear them learn, grow, and express themselves verbally. How fortunate, how blessed I am. This overwhelmed me. I can talk to my children, I can respond to their needs and comfort them when they tell me they are unwell. I can tell them stories and hear them tell theirs." --Kate Winslet
Kate and Margret's stories, their personal email correspondence, and Keli's poetry give us a profound insight into the world of those living with autism. Kate has shared this story with some of the world's most famous people, posing the question: "What is important to you to express?" Their responses are a collection of intimate self-portraits and unique quotes. Among them are:
Christina Aguilera
Zac Efron
Julianne Moore
Maria Sharapova
Kobe Bryant
James Franco
Rosie O'Donnell
Ben Stiller
Michael Caine
Ricky Gervais
Michael Phelps
Meryl Streep
Kim Cattrall
Tom Hanks
John C. Reilly
Justin Timberlake
George Clooney
Elton John
Tim Robbins
Naomi Watts
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jude Law
Kristin Scott Thomas
Oprah Winfrey
Put together by Kate, Margret, and the dedicated team who work daily on the Golden Hat Foundation, this project has been a labor of love.
All the author proceeds from this groundbreaking book will benefit the Golden Hat Foundation, founded by Kate Winslet and Margret Ericsdottir to build innovative living campuses for people with autism and raise public awareness of their intellectual capabilities.

About the Author
Kate Winslet is one of the world's best known and best-loved Academy Award-winning actresses. She made her film debut at the age of seventeen and is the youngest actress ever to have received six Academy Award nominations. Kate has two children, Mia and Joe, and divides her time between New York and the UK.

Praise For The Golden Hat

“There are gems in this unusual autism book.”Booklist

“Readers will come away with an understanding that although children with autism cannot always speak, they have much to say. In addition, photos of many of today’s most popular stars will have broad appeal.”Library Journal

“Winslet started up the Golden Hat Foundation as a way to generate money for the cause [of creating learning communities for autistic children]; she enlisted the support of famous faces who agreed to photograph themselves with Winslet's beatup trilby. . . . These are engaging, moving public gestures for a notable cause.”Publishers Weekly

"A moving, sanguine labor of love."Kirkus Reviews