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IEA Program Update

                                                                                 June 6, 2019

2019-20 IEA Applications Update

The application window for new students to request to enroll in the IEA Program for the 2019-20 school year is now closed. The department received 123 new enrollment applications; 94 of those applications were approved. This does not include the students currently enrolled in the IEA Program. The renewal application window closed on June 3, 2019.
The 2020-21 IEA Program New Student Application window will be announced through the IEA Update no later than January 31, 2020.
Private schools are able to request to participate in the IEA Program at any time. Currently, 11 private schools are approved to participate in the IEA Program for the 2019-20 school year. These schools are listed on the webpage (here).
If you have any questions, please contact the IEA team at (615) 253-3781 or

2019–20 IEA Parent & Private School Handbooks

The 2019–20 IEA Parent Handbook and 2019-20 Private School Handbook are now posted on the IEA web page (here). There have been numerous changes to the handbooks from the prior year’s editions based on feedback from parents, private schools, and other stakeholders.

Additional Resources for Parents

Tennessee Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE TN)
ABLE TN is a savings program designed to help individuals with disabilities put aside money to pay for qualified expenses. These accounts provide the opportunity to save and invest with tax-free earnings to help participants maintain independence and quality of life. For more information, please visit or contact: (855) 922-5386 or


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