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. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 3LPlace is providing live distance learning to our members four days a week via Zoom.
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 …
Visionary educator Dr. Andy Hoffman joins 3LPlace as Executive Director
Dr. Andrew Hoffman, ed-tech entrepreneur and organizational strategist, has joined 3LPlace in the newly created position of Executive Director.
'Healthy Relationships' seminar now open to 3LPlace members and others
Maybe you’ve caught a few episodes of the critically acclaimed “Love on the Spectrum” on Netflix and are wondering how to get started. Or, maybe you (or they) have questions about how to stay safe in relationships of all sorts. For the first time, 3LPlace is making our relationship experts available to both 3LPlace members and non-members alike in a three-part seminar, “Healthy Relationships.” The first segment of the three-part series, "All Relationships," will start on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Parts 2 and 3 are "Self-Advocacy in Relationships" and "Understanding Sexuality." For more info or to register, go here.
Transitioning in a pandemic?
3LPlace is currently working with school districts to help provide transition services and learning. For more information, please contact Cariann Harsh Daley.
Cummings Foundation awards $100,000 towards 3LPlace programming
Boston-based Cummings Foundation has awarded a three-year, $100,000 grant to 3LPlace toward self-directed, person-centered support for individuals with autism and other developmental challenges.