07 June, 2012

The Golden Hat

"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 
Oprah Winfrey 
Zac Efron 
Julianne Moore 
Leonardo DiCaprio 
Maria Sharapova 
Kobe Bryant 
George Clooney 
James Franco 
Rosie O’Donnell 
Tom Hanks 
Ben Stiller 
Michael Caine 
Meryl Streep 
Ricky Gervais 
Michael Phelps 
John C. Reilly 
Kristin Scott Thomas 
Kim Cattrall 
Justin Timberlake 
Elton John 
Tim Robbins 
Naomi Watts 
Jude Law 

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.

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