3LPlace believes in lifelong learning.
Developmental disabilities are ongoing, lifelong challenges. Young adults need to develop capabilities that will help them in their transition to adulthood and beyond. People who are farther along in their lifespan will require other skills, insight and support.
For one individual, "learning" might involve a need for support in training for a career opportunity; for another, perhaps assistance in understanding and exercising his or her rights as a citizen. For a third person, it might involve learning how to maintain friendships, or to feel more comfortable in recreational activities. For many individuals, all of the above might apply.
We intersect with individuals with a range of developmental disabilities at all stages of life.
We offer transition services for young adults just launching their lives from their parents and schools. We offer customized programming for individuals who want to work, or participate in job training, higher education or community service. We offer both intensive and drop-in programming at our location in Somerville, with schedules for day, evening and weekend learning and activities.
The beginning point for learning at 3LPlace is our 3LPlace Curriculum, a comprehensive framework that enables educators and service providers to develop individualized goals, learning plans and supports for young adults with developmental disabilities. This unique project was developed in conjunction with Boston area universities and a team of leading disability experts and service providers. The curriculum is available free of charge to families, schools and non-profit organizations.