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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.

At the center of our community is 3LPlace's unique post-secondary transition learning experience in Somerville, Massachusetts.

The year-round program welcomes young adults ages 22 to 32 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 vision is that a successful transition to adulthood begins with 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. Most members will spend two or three years in the transition program.

3LPlace's programs are based on the 3LPlace Transition Curriculum, a comprehensive and ground-breaking blueprint for change. The Curriculum 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.

The program is qualified by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services to provide both day and residential services. 3LPlace is newly renovated to provide a spacious, well-lit, and allergen-free environment for our members.

The transition program is planned as the center of a developing, sustainable community that will help support and maintain appropriate housing choices as well as providing lifelong education, activities, and social and employment support over the lifespan.


August 29, 2016 at 7:10p.m. The Sox square off against the Tampa Bay Rays.

And you could be there. Twelve rows off the field. Just past first base.

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Transition Program now accepting daytime members. "We are delighted to be able to offer access to our ground-breaking transition program to young people who aren't yet ready to live away from home, or who need a less costly option," said Deborah Flaschen, founder and CEO of 3LPlace and mom of one of its first members. While fees vary with the extent of participation, daytime member tuition is roughly half the cost of the residential program.

For more information or to apply, please contact our Program Director, Kim Maia, at or at 617-764-3280.

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Scholarships Available. We are absolutely thrilled to report that we will be receiving a $300,000 grant over the next three years from TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation to support scholarships to the 3LPlace transition program.

The TripAdvisor scholarships will help two or three families each year bridge gaps between what their young adults receive in government funding, what the family is able to contribute, and the actual cost of the program.

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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.

Food for Thought

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
~ Margaret Meade

"We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt