Matthew Echan is from Orange, California. His son Josiah has autism. Matthew Echan is a folk singer and song writer, as well as the Lead Social Skills Instructor at Autism Spectrum Therapies. Matthew Echan is an Autism Light because of the way his work raises awareness of autism and helps teach skills to people with autism. Matthew also brings to light in his writings and song lyrics the feelings of a father of a child with autism.
Matthew Echan has written several songs for his song Josiah. This song is called Beautiful Son. Josiah means “God Heals, God Protects.” This song was written as a song of hope for Josiah’s recovery from autism.
Beautiful Son from Matthew Echan on Vimeo
This is the video of the song Shepherd of Man which Matthew Echan wrote to teach his son Josiah about prayer. You can purchase the song from iTunes or from this website.
Pathways to Peers: Matt Echan is the founder of Pathways to Peers. According to his Twitter account this is a “Non-profit organization providing social-vocational skills through self-management and personal planning to individuals with ASD.”
Dad Seizes the Day: Matt Echan wrote an article called An Autism Dad Seizes the Day. In this article he says about his son Josiah:
It’s officially Autism Awareness Month, and seven years later, I’m still waking up with the hope that maybe the Autism will be gone today. Nope. I know it as soon as I hear him asking for some “ceweal.” I pat him on the head and kiss his forehead. I just want him to know I love him. He doesn’t really seem to care, but I’ve learned not to take it personally (Source).Social Media: You can follow Matt Echan’s work on the following social media areas.