If you haven’t been a big fan of Kate Winslet in the past, you will soon to change your tune when you hear this. The lovely mother of two will soon be gracing the cover of Ladies Home Journal in which she will open up about motherhood and her new book, The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism.
While neither of her children is autistic, the Oscar-winner is driven to dispel the myths and raise awareness about people living with autism. The Golden Hat, to be published in November by Simon & Schuster, will feature a series of more than a dozen celebrity self-portraits, and tell the story of how Winslet came to know Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir and her son Keli, who is autistic and nonverbal. Winslet was inspired by the boy and his journey to learn to communicate, and titled her book after his poem “The Golden Hat,” in which a magical hat allows a boy with autism to communicate.
With her book, Winslet hopes to break down the biggest myth about autistic children. “That they are not capable of understanding anything, that they are completely locked in their own worlds and aren’t paying attention to anything around them or that they are disinterested,” Winslet explains. “Even those closest to them sometimes believe that. And so often that proves not to be the case.”
Each celebrity featured will be pictured with a “magical” hat for the book and will share a personal statement about what their first words would be if they were finally freed from years of being incapable of communicating.