Proven Experience from Trusted Education ConsultantsEstablished in 1997, Special Education Solutions’ sole focus is on special education, primarily providing systems consultation and evaluation to SEAs, in addition to professional development and technical assistance to IDEA Administrative Law Judges and contractual hearing officers.
Deusdedi Merced is the principal member of Special Education Solutions, LLC (SES). Since 1997, Deusdedi’s legal career has been dedicated to special education. After a period as an attorney with the Office of Legal Services with the New York Board of Education, he spent several years representing parents of children with disabilities and their children before serving as an IDEA hearing officer, mediator, and facilitator in hundreds of matters. He was appointed to serve as Chief Hearing Officer for the District of Columbia for approximately three years and played a key role in assisting the District in being released from court supervision.
Deusdedi has presented training programs for hearing officers/Administrative Law Judges at LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, LRP’s School Attorneys Conference, the Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, as well as the Lehigh Special Education Law Symposium: ALJ/IHO Institute. He has also presented numerous individualized training programs for various SEAs.
Credentials: J.D. Albany Law School of Union University, Fluent in conversational Spanish
Lyn Beekman is the founding member of Special Education Solutions (SES). He started SES in 1998 after a long career representing students with disabilities, school districts and the Michigan Education Association on special education and Section 504 matters. He has served as an IDEA hearing officer and as a state review officer in over 600 matters. He has also served as a mediator, private arbitrator, neutral evaluator and compliance investigator in over 350 disputes filed pursuant to IDEA. For years, Lyn has assisted in the planning for, and presented at, the Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers. In addition, over the last few decades he has presented training programs for hearing officers/Administrative Law Judges at LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities and numerous individualized programs for SEAs. Currently, SES has long-term contracts with both New York and Illinois to train their hearing officers.
Credentials: J.D. University of Michigan, Certified IDEA Mediator – Justice Center of Atlanta, Inc.