Welcome to 3LPlace!
We’re building exciting opportunities and a warm, diverse community that embraces neurological differences and encourages self-determination.
3LPlace supports individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges who are on a journey of life-long learning. Together, we are:
• Exploring community and what it means to be part of one
• Expressing creativity
• Thinking more critically
• Exploring careers
• Supporting job choices and placement
• Becoming more aware of body/mind connections and fitness
• Practicing the life skills we need to live successfully in our choice of housing, and in the community.
Our members include people living with autism, Down syndrome, and various other challenges. Diagnosis isn’t important; what our members have in common is their readiness to grow their abilities and choose a path to a meaningful, gratifying, healthy and connected adult life.
3LPlace offers a ground-breaking and highly individualized modular programming structure. Our members decide what they want to explore based on their own interests, goals, timing, and budget.
We begin by building a thorough understanding of each individual, particularly about their interests and passions in life. We believe that those personal interests can be harnessed to accelerate self-determination, independence skills, friendships and social behavior.
Our menu of day, evening and weekend programming is based on our unique 3LPlace Curriculum. The Curriculum, a comprehensive and ground-breaking blueprint for change, was developed by a collaborative writing team guided by experts from Tufts, Lesley and Harvard universities as well as educators, clinicians and agency staff, and people living with disabilities.
3LPlace, located near vibrant Davis Square, on Somerville, MA, came about through the efforts of a group of parents seeking more options for their own maturing children. These parents knew first-hand that for too many young adults with developmental disabilities, reaching the age of 21 means losing the support and services that make continued growth possible.
A new pilot program through the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services may help fund the 3LPlace modules. The 3LPlace/DDS Education and Training Pilot is available for families under the participant-directed model.
This just in …
COVID-19 learning materials
We've been working with our members to help them appreciate the gravity of the current pandemic without feeling overloaded by it. To help them understand the radical changes in their daily routine and empower them to keep calm ... and wash their hands. We're making our materials available without charge.
Summer Supper Series offers sessions for transitioning young adults
This year, the 3LPlace Summer Supper Series is scheduled in two four-week sessions. Designed for transition-aged young people ages 16 to 21, we'll meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., July 7 to 30 and August 4 to 27. Come play with food and make new friends!
Pay us a visit!
Our next Open House at our new location will be Wednesday, April 1. We've scheduled a day meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for transition advisers, DDS service coordinators, school staff and other professionals. Families and potential members are invited to join us from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Katie Wilson by email or by phone at 617-764-3280.
Daring to Dream, Life Skills, Community featured in new 3LPlace module videos
Our multi-talented and multidisciplinary staff gets granular about how we teach in a series of short videos that focus on Healthy Relationships and Sexuality, our unique approach to Life Skills, and understanding politics and its place in our community.
DDS and 3LPlace launch
Education and Training Pilot
Adults eligible for Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services may now use their self-directed state funds to pay for 3LPlace learning modules as part of a new pilot project.
More about it here
Is 3LPlace right for you?
Download our brochure, Choices in Life Learning, for more information. Or share it with a friend!