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Welcome to 3LPlace, a community dedicated to empowering adults with autism and other developmental disabilities to lead joyful, connected, productive and meaningful lives.

We believe that everyone's life should have friends, family, work, play, a sense of purpose and an opportunity to demonstrate it. Maturing children and adults with disabilities must be able to imagine adult lives that they can live successfully.

3LPlace was founded by parents of maturing children with developmental challenges, parents who deeply understand that young adults must continue to have opportunities to grow and learn if they are to live their fullest, most meaningful lives. It's a promise that every parent makes to their child. Yet for too many young adults with developmental disabilities, reaching the age of 21 means losing access to the support and services that make continued growth possible.

3LPlace is determined to keep the promise. With solid research guiding us, we have envisioned a new model for how young adults with challenges can move into the next phase of their lives.

A real community.   3LPlace's model community in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, will be launching in 2014. Close to Tufts and Lesley universities and with easy access to public transportation, this location offers abundant work, recreational and social opportunities. Initially, 3LPlace will open its Life College, an intensive residential instruction program focused on helping maturing adolescents transition to adult life. Two years later, the all-day Community Members Program will roll out, where adult members of any age can be supported in all aspects of independent living: social and emotional well-being, vocational training, education, and recreational activities throughout their lifespan. At the same time the Community Members Program opens, 3LClubhouse will open too. 3LClubhouse will make many of 3LPlace's education and recreation activities and events available to the general public, disabled and not.

The 3LPlace community will be created, grow and evolve with the utmost respect for its members, who will have meaningful participation in decision-making about overall direction as well as daily life.

And an online community.  While 3LPlace's physical community in the Boston area will serve only a few hundred people, it will also serve as a replicable model. We are committed to sharing everything about our program: the Transition Curriculum we are developing in collaboration with leading educators and clinicians, our staff plan, budget, lesson plans, activities, and housing arrangements. And we'll pass on information from others working toward a new future for individuals with developmental challenges. Collectively, collaboratively we will explore how adults with challenges can lead their best lives, and share stories of lives well-lived.

3LPlace is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all charitable contributions are tax-deductible.


New job opportunities

Join our team!

We are accepting resumes for a multidisciplinary team of educators, clinicians and therapists for the 3LPlace Life College, including:
Occupational Therapists
Speech/Language Pathologists
Physical Therapists
Transition Teachers and Teaching Assistants
Art and Expressive Therapist
All positions require an understanding of autism and other developmental delays, as well as ability to build meaningful relationships, view students through a holistic lens and understand individual differences in development, physical, sensory, emotional, social, and cognitive needs.
A list of available shifts and positions is available here.

A painless way to support 3LPLace …
Make online shopping pay off for your favorite non-profit! We hope that’s 3LPlace, but even if it’s not, check this out: Log into your account, then click on the link below to pick a favorite charity through Amazon Smile. One half of a percent (0.5%) of all your future purchases will go toward the charity of your choice! It’s easy!

We did it!
We’re thrilled to report that with all of your help we have met Global Giving’s spring Open Challenge and even exceeded our goal. Our Global Giving campaign raised $5,780 in 30 days through contributions from 47 individuals, guaranteeing us a permanent spot on the Global Giving fundraising platform. Funds raised will help us buy interactive white boards and other communication tools for our young adults with developmental disabilities. If you were among our supporters, thank you ever so much! We will be launching another Global Giving drive in coming months, so stay tuned …

This just in:
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Margaret Bauman will be joining the 3LPlace Life College as our Medical Director.

Dr. Bauman, a child neurologist, was for many years the Founding Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital LADDERS program in Lexington, a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate, treat and advocate for children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum (see more info here).

3LPlace recently signed a Good Neighbor Agreement for our Life College residence in Somerville. Check it out here.

In this new video, 3LPlace co-founder and President Deborah Flaschen talks about the motivation behind creation of the Life College opening in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2014, and its unique strategy of harnessing interests and passions to drive learning.

You can apply here or download a brochure.

3LPlace has received word that we’ve been approved as a service provider by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. That means that Life College students can receive DDS funding to help defray the cost. We’re also working with the MassHealth program to cover other parts of the Life College.

Breaking through myths
about fitness and autism

Crossfit is a strength and training program used by police and military teams as well as by top martial artists and professional athletes. Check out this article about a Crossfit Athlete of the Month ... with autism.

Join our team!

3LPlace is accepting resumes for a multidisciplinary team of educators, clinicians and therapists, including:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Transition Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Art and Expressive Therapists

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    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