New collaborative online platform offers
free access to lesson plans, social scripts
3LPlace is excited to announce the beta launch of our 3LPlace Wiki, a unique online collaboration that provides free access to the expertise, ideas and learning materials developed by our team and by participating teachers and clinicians worldwide.
The 3LPlace Wiki offers lesson plans, social scripts and a host of other tools for working with individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as a place for ongoing discussion and feedback. The simple, easy-to-use format is similar to Wikipedia.
Plans and tools explore learning in areas such as critical thinking, creative expression, career, living in community, relationships, social awareness and self-awareness, as well as life skills. Materials can be customized to fit each individual participant.
"At present, teachers, parents and clinicians have to reinvent the wheel each time they sit down to prepare to work with someone. It's time-consuming, wearying, and it's a waste of time that could otherwise be spent engaged in direct service with people," said our founder and CEO, Deborah Flaschen.
Existing online resources require many searches across many topics and aren't organized in a user-friendly way. Materials are often copyrighted, or cost money.
"It is our hope that with this Wiki we will advance the quality of life for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities," Flaschen said.
If you are interested in participating in helping us beta test the wiki, please contact us and we will send you log-in information and instructions. We are asking our beta users to contribute at least two lesson plans, social scripts or other learning materials over a 30-day period. We are also seeking feedback that will help us make the wiki relevant to your work, and easy to use.
The 3LPlace Wiki is based on the organization's comprehensive transition curriculum, which represents the collective effort of more than three dozen professionals and experts from top Boston universities and with front line expertise working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities.
A prototype of the 3LPlace wiki is being evaluated by a group of beta users. Partners who've had a sneak peek at the prototype are excited.
"The wiki provides the opportunity to add and modify lesson plans and social scripts for others to use, making it an easy and accessible way to promote collaboration and information sharing." said Jan Hollenbeck, a transition specialist at Medford Public Schools.
"Sharing ideas and curriculum for supporting individuals to be included fully in community is a wonderful opportunity to develop best practices," said Pamela Green of MyChoice programs in Worcester.
You can see the beta version of the wiki here at http://wiki.3lplace.org. Materials on the wiki are available for use under a Creative Commons Share Alike noncommercial agreement.