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Welcome to 3LPlace!

We’re building exciting opportunities and a warm, diverse community for adults with developmental disabilities, across the lifespan.

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 accept 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.

Is 3LPlace right for you?

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


This just in … 3LPlace has received a 2016 Adult Independence Grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to create and equip a fitness and sensory space for adults within a life skills learning studio. It will be embedded in our space at Powder House for Somerville, a new, inclusive multigenerational mixed-use development now under construction. Our heartfelt thanks to the Flutie Foundation for their investment in our vision!

Our new video. Who we are, what we do and why we do it.

3LPlace in The Boston Globe

3LPlace Founder and CEO Deborah Flaschen and her son DJ were featured speakers at the recent Profectum conference in Pasadena, California. The topic was Presuming Competence: The Foundation for Creating a Meaningful Life for Every Autistic Individual. The presenter was 3LPlace board member Dr. Ricki Robinson, acclaimed developmental pediatrician and author of Autism Solutions: How To Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life For Your Child.