St Gabriel Windows

St Gabriel Windows
Photocopy c. 2013 Jamie Laubacher

Thursday, February 09, 2012

A Mom You Won't Forget, with the help of Kate Winslet (talking back to autism)

If you ever have the chance to view the documentary style movie: A Mother's Courage: Talking back to Autism, by all means do.  It is about a mother from Iceland, whose son Keli, suffers non-verbal autism.  He is locked in his own world; and while it breaks your heart, it also certainly opens it.  He is the sweetest boy, and we long to "hear him".  I understand that since the movie was made (2009), he has been able to communicate with the help of a letterboard...his first words: "I am real."  

Kate Winslet narrated the movie and has since gone on to help raise awareness for the autism crusade.  I am anxiously awaiting her book: The Golden Hat: talking back to Autism, due in March of this year.  You can read all about it at this link:  A Mom You Won't Forget.   Kate and Keli appear on the cover.  I have already pre-ordered mine.

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