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, in 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 3LPlace modules. The 3LPlace/DDS Education and Training Pilot is available for families under the participant-directed model.
This just in …
Boston Globe Opinion Piece: Adults with developmental disabilities
deserve Real Lives
By Deborah Flaschen
"Although the Real Lives law, guaranteeing the right to self-direct and ordering the Department of Developmental Services to make it happen, was passed in 2014, DDS didn’t even propose regulations governing self-direction until a few months ago." - Read the full article.
"Transition Tools and Tips" features links and resources as well as a guide by age to support young adults and their families as they move into the next chapter of their lives. You can download and share the document by clicking here:
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Transitioning in a pandemic?
3LPlace is currently working with school districts to help provide transition services and learning. For more information, please contact our Admissions team.
Cummings Foundation awards $100,000 towards 3LPlace programming
Boston-based Cummings Foundation has awarded a three-year, $100,000 grant to 3LPlace toward self-directed, person-centered support for individuals with autism and other developmental challenges.