1. Kate Winslet introduces the Golden Hat Foundation and talks about the long-term goals including innovative integrated assisted living campuses that will showcase the abilities of all those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

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  2. Although the living campuses proposed by the Golden Hat Foundation are still being conceptualized, the long-term goals are quickly taking center stage. See the vision come to life in our virtual fly-over video. Early plans include an education center, training facility, recreational complex, cafeteria, and three stages of assisted living housing.

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  3. I am Nonverbal--I am Intelligent

    The Golden Hat Foundation is about giving a voice to those without one. Those with nonverbal autism are often considered “mentally retarded” or “intellectually disabled” due mainly to their lack of communication and difficulty with body awareness.

    One of the goals of Golden Hat Foundation is to educate the public about the intellectual capabilities of people with autism and the need for effective communication and academic education.
    Andrew, a 14-year-old boy with nonverbal autism is featured in this video, he tells us about what it is like now that he can share his thoughts and how misunderstood he was before he could communicate. Fully mainstreamed in 9th grade high school classes, Andrew gets good grades and will graduate with a regular diploma from his local high school.

    The Golden Hat Foundation believes that when given the means to communicate effectively and an academic education, people with autism can truly realize their dreams.

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  4. Kate Winslet appeared on the Good Morning America show on March 27, 2012, to discuss her new book, "The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism" and her new charity Golden Hat Foundation.

    Kate Winslet established the Golden Hat Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with autism around the world. Compelled during her narration of a documentary entitled A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism about a young Icelandic boy named Keli living with autism, Kate became motivated to make a difference. Upon meeting Keli’s mother Margret, Kate was deeply moved by her far-reaching journey to find a way for her nonverbal son to learn to communicate. Her experience motivated the establishment of the Golden Hat Foundation. “The Golden Hat” was the title of a poem written by 12 year old Keli Thorsteinsson.

    Kate Also discusses how and why she decided to make the book, The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism. This book, now on sale at http://www.goldenhatfoundation.org features one hundred intimate and candid self-portraits by stars from film, television, music, sports, and fashion, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Kobe Bryant, Justin Timberlake, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julianne Moore, Conan O’Brien, Anna Wintour, and many more. Taken in bathtubs and backyards, inside dressing rooms and on movie sets, these unique snapshots give a behind-the-scenes look at the private worlds of these very public figures.

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  5. A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism, a documentary by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, tells the story of Margret, a mother who has done everything in her power to help her son. Keli Thorsteinsson is eleven years old and has severe autism – his mother doesn‘t even know if he understands what goes on around him. Even if Margret holds no unrealistic expectations on behalf of Keli, she has the quenchless thirst for knowledge about the mysterious and complex condition that autism undeniably is. Along the way, Margret meets other families and hears their unique stories about how they too have been touched by autism.

    On a course set to include the United States and Europe, she meets with scientists in the field of autism and autism therapies and the parents of children with autism who share her passion: to break down the wall between the children and the surrounding world. This journey becomes lengthier and more dramatic than she envisioned at the start. During the trip, she catches a glimpse of hope that her son can be helped to a larger degree than previously assumed.
    Perhaps it is possible to break down the wall of autism and get to know the individual behind it?

    A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet.

    For more info or to purchase this DVD, visit http://www.amotherscourage.org.

    All profits from the film as well as the DVD sale are donated directly to the Golden Hat Foundation.

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