Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Golden Hat - Winslet

Kate Winslet is known for her acting, most notably for her role as Rose in 1997's Titanic. But few people know Kate as a mother and humanitarian.

In The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism, Kate tells briefly the story of meeting Margaret and Keli, a mother and son pair, who live daily with the trials of non-verbal autism. She forged a close relationship with this family and decided to make a difference.

She took an old hat, a gold pin, and a cheap toss-away camera and asked her friends and colleagues to take a picture of themselves along with the hat/pin combo and then return them to her with a quote that reflected what they would say if they could finally speak after a lifetime of living with non-verbal autism.

The result is a wonderful book of pictures with familiar names and faces. The book was published with all proceeds being donated to the aptly named Golden Hat Foundation, which Winslet started with Margaret with the hopes of providing a care facility for non-verbal autism sufferers as they reach adulthood. The hope is that such a care facility will provide them with hopes and possibilities and goals, rather than the alternative of wasting away at home until being forced into state care after parents/caregivers pass away.

Hats off Kate for making a difference in the world and leaving your mark!  Buy a copy for your coffee table, and your friend's coffee table, and a couple for holiday/birthday presents. Well worth the cost and a great cause!

4/5- Great. Push it on your friends and family.