The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism

The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism

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by Kate Winslet, Margret Ericsdottir
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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: www.goldenhatfoundation.org

“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

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While making the English-language recording of the Icelandic documentary on autism, A Mother’s Courage, in 2009, actress Winslet befriended the film’s creator, Margret Ericsdottir, and her young son Keli, who suffered from severe nonverbal autism. At age 10, Keli, who had been unreachable and deemed to have a mental capacity of a two-year-old, suddenly found expression through the use of a letterboard, with the shattering words: “I am real.” In fact, Keli had been aware all the while yet unable to break the “locked bars” of autism. Winslet started up the Golden Hat Foundation—titled after Keli’s poem about a magical golden hat that could talk—as a way to generate money for the cause and create learning communities for the children; she enlisted the support of famous faces who agreed to photograph themselves with Winslet’s beatup trilby accompanied by a quote sounding in some fashion the urgency for expression. (Winslet’s quote: “I’m here, and I love you.”) From the first participant, Meryl Streep, through other familiar names often depicted in unfamiliar, stark black-and-white settings, all wearing or posing with the hat (John Krasinski wonders from the bathtub, “Let’s take a chance!”; Emily Blunt vogues, “Is anybody listening?”; Elton John grins, “I’m nobody, but I’m alive and I matter”; Woody Allen covers his face, growling, “Get off my property”), these are engaging, moving public gestures for a notable cause. Testimonials by autistic young people including Keli lend the entire effort warmth and sincerity. (Apr.)
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“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

Library Journal
Actress Winslet compiled this book in an effort to raise awareness about autism as well as raise funds for her autism nonprofit, the Golden Hat Foundation. After narrating A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism, a documentary about Margrét Ericsdóttir and her nonverbal, ASD-diagnosed son Keli, Winslet was inspired by Keli's story of learning to communicate via a letter board after years of silence. The titular "golden hat" of Winslet's book and foundation comes from one of Keli's poems. Pictures of celebrities wearing this special hat comprise a large percentage of the book. What is most moving, though, are the photos of young people with autism wearing the same hat. Proceeds from sales of this book will be used to pay for long-term living and working arrangements for adults with severe autism. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 10/31/11.]—T.L.
Kirkus Reviews
Hollywood rallies for a unique charitable venture. In 2010, award-winning actress Winslet narrated the documentary A Mother's Courage about the plight of Margret Ericsdottir, loving mother to teenaged son Keli, who was stricken with nonverbal autism. The film drew widespread attention for its stark depiction of a child silenced by the ailment, able to communicate with only pen and paper, and of the lack of support and resources available to families surviving with it. Ericsdottir and Winslet remained close, yet as a mother of two "verbal, expressive, affectionate children," Winslet continued to be moved by Keli's poetry and creative writing, along with the stories Margret shared by email. In a particularly heart-rending section, Ericsdottir shares her heartbreaking story of love and devotion to a son struggling to communicate everything from food choices to nagging physical pain from osteoporosis. The humanitarian actress soon resolved to do something beneficial for the cause. She began sending around an old tattered hat to celebrities, requesting they photograph themselves wearing it along with a witty, personally worded expression. The photographs—ranging from the humorous (Conan O'Brien, Steven Soderbergh) to the heartfelt (Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey) to the bizarre (Woody Allen, Edward Burns)—are all prefaced by the powerfully poignant "first words" of ten pictured individuals with nonverbal autism. Many pronouncements overshadow their accompanying photographs. Kylie Minogue offers, "I can still hear you, even though the show has finished. Can you hear me?"; both South African designer Albertus Swanepoel and Jodie Foster plead, "Don't give up on me." The book's proceeds fund "The Golden Hat Foundation" to create autistic awareness and assisted-living campuses for those affected. A moving, sanguine labor of love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451645453
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/27/2012
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SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
67 MB
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