Sunday, June 17, 2012

Weekend Reading: Actress Kate Winslet Talks Back To Autism

Although she doesn’t have any personal connections to autism herself, Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet was so inspired after narrating the 2009 documentary “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism” that she launched the Golden Hat Foundation and recently released a new book, The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism.

According to Winslet, her desire to help came from an innocent question.

After watching the documentary, her daughter turned to her and asked her how it would feel if she couldn’t tell her she loved her. Winslet says the thought was “mind-blowing” and she was overcome with a profound drive to do something more.

A collection of many photographs and few words, The Golden Hat is designed more to raise funds for the Golden Hat Foundation and its mission than for autism awareness (she leaves that task up to the Foundation itself).

For the book’s images, Winslet called on the help of several celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Justin Timberlake, and the premise was simple:

Take a picture of yourself wearing a “golden” hat provided by Winslet – a favorite fedora plucked from the actress’ own closet — and answer the question, “If you could only say one thing, what would that be?” The resulting 100 self-portraits and their words are featured in the book. Proceeds go to the Golden Hat Foundation, founded in 2010 by Winslet and Margret Ericsdottir to improve the lives of people with autism.

Learn more at The Golden Hat Foundation, where you can purchase the book, make a donation, and see a trailer of the Winslet-narrated film “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism.”

Do you think you’ll order a copy?

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