"As a mother of a child with an IEP, I know how discouraging the process can feel sometimes and how truly amazing our children are. My goal is to help families build strong toolkits so they can be their children's best and strongest advocates."
- Amy Kerr-Jung
Parent mentors provide information and support to families of children with disabilities and their school districts. Each mentor is a parent of child with a disability. Reaching Heights works with Amy Kerr-Jung as our district's Parent Mentor. Amy offers guidance and support to families who are navigating the special education system, which can often feel overwhelming. Parents who have children with exceptional needs can rely on the unbiased assistance, which can make a huge difference along the educational journey.
To clarify the process and provide support to families, Reaching Heights in partnership with the CH-UH school district will provide the following services throughout the year:
Support for families in-person, by email or over the phone to answer questions and concerns about the special education process
Guidance and information about the CH-UH special education program
Preparation, support and guidance for IEP meetings
Resources relating to special education within and around the CH-UH community
Host and promote community engagement events, workshops and special events
Amy Kerr-Jung brings a strong background to this position as a former educator, a public sector researcher, an active community member and parent of a child with special needs. If you need assistance in any of the above mentioned areas Amy can be reached by calling the office or by email at
Current events, resources and updates can also be found on the Reaching Heights special needs parent support group page at See below for more informatioin on ECAG.
The Exceptional Children's Advocacy Group (ECAG)
As Cleveland Heights-University Heights parents/caregivers of those living with disabilities, we believe ALL children deserve the right to learn and thrive in proactive, integrated and rigorous learning environments in a community that provides opportunities, education and collaboration to help them live up to their full potential.
The Exceptional Children’s Advocacy Group (ECAG) works to build a greater understanding of the issues surrounding special education by helping to empower, support, and provide educational opportunities to parents/caregivers for the work of advocacy in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district.
How do I become a part of the group?
We warmly invite everyone to join us for our monthly meetings held on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 2:30-4:30pm, usually at a local community business. During these sessions, you will meet other parents who have shared similar life experiences raising special needs children who have also navigated the myriad of choices that must made in order to support their children.In addition to providing this support, the group also addresses specific needs parents may have by connecting them to the resources and training they need. It is also during these monthly meeting that we plan collaborative events with the school district in an effort to improve its special education program.