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Welcome to 3LPlace!

2017_03_24_0011.JPGWe’re building exciting opportunities and a warm, diverse community for adults and young adults with developmental challenges.

3LPlace supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they explore the world and make choices about their lives.

Together, we are on a journey of life-long learning:
    • Exploring community and what it means to live in one
    • Thinking more critically
    • Expressing creativity
    • 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.

We offer a menu of highly individualized day, evening and weekend programming, based on our unique 3LPlace Curriculum, at our Somerville location. Licensed services through the MA Department of Developmental Services include Community Based Day Supports, Employment Supports and Adult Companion services. We also offer transition supports and services for young adults.  We accept government and school funding as well as private pay members, and some scholarships are available.

The year-round program welcomes adults with a mix of developmental disabilities. Potential members might be living with autism, or Down’s syndrome, or another diagnosis. What they all have in common is their readiness to explore a path to a meaningful, gratifying, healthy and connected adult life, within the community.

3LPlace, located near vibrant Davis Square, 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.

3LPlace's program begins 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 the development of self-direction, independence skills, friendships and social behavior.

The 3LPlace 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.


This just in … 

We are excited to announce that 3LPlace will present a remarkable film about autism, "Deej" at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Somerville Theater.  "Deej" tells the story of DJ Savarese, a non-speaking autistic man who co-produced the film and whose life story speaks volumes about the importance of assuming competence in people with disabilities. Keep watching here and on our Facebook page, as ticket sales will start soon!

3LPlace Wiki launches in beta

3LPlace has announced the beta launch of the 3LPlace Wiki, a unique online collaboration that provides free access to the expertise, ideas and learning materials developed by our team and by participating teachers and clinicians worldwide.

The 3LPlace Wiki offers lesson plans, social scripts and a host of other tools for working with individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as a place for ongoing discussion and feedback.  The simple, easy-to-use format is similar to Wikipedia.

Read more in our news section

Is 3LPlace right for you? 

Download our seven-page admissions packet for more information about our highly individualized lifelong learning program. Or share it with a friend!

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