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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 Life College, our unique post-secondary residential 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 Life College, 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 at the Life College.

3LPlace Life College is 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. The Life College Residence is newly renovated to provide a spacious, well-lit, and allergen-free living environment for our members.

The Life College 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.


3LPlace in The Boston Globe

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

You can apply here or download a brochure.

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