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 …
Home for the holidays!
We've moved into our new space at 212 Holland Street in Somerville and we all just love it! It was intense, back-breaking work, but we're more or less settled now. We have better than twice the floor space, including a large area for OT and sensory therapies, meeting rooms, small group learning areas, large group gathering spaces, a kitchen and art room, and office space for staff. Many thanks to those who helped with donations!
Click here if you'd like to help.
Meet Cassy Wilson
Cassy joins the 3LPlace team as a senior developmental specialist and brings with her an array of experiences working both directly and indirectly to support individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
More about Cassy
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
Emory University in Atlanta, one of the world's leading research universities, has identified the 3LPlace Curriculum as "comprehensive" in a guide published by its School of Medicine Autism Center. They wrote: "This project provides a framework for understanding the variation in functioning in individuals, the Curriculum enables educators and service providers to develop individualized goals, learning plans and supports that meet the unique needs of each individual."
We are honored! And we offer huge kudos to our development team, particularly leader writer and concept developer Elana Himmelfarb.
Is 3LPlace right for you?
Download our brochure, Choices in Life Learning, for more information. Or share it with a friend!