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Monday, October 21, 2013

3LPlace Life College in Somerville, MA: A Place to Imagine a Future

From 3LPlace Life College
Launching January, 2014



"Maturing children and adults with disabilities must be able to imagine adult lives that they can live successfully."
-- Deborah Flaschen, 3LPlace president and co-founder

Concern about the future is perhaps the most significant common denominator among parents of children with developmental disabilities. And with good reason.

Looking at autism alone, recent research indicates that in the first two years after high school more than 50 percent of individuals did not work or attend school, 79 percent lived with their parents, 60 percent received some type of supplemental services (such as speech therapy, mental health counseling, and case management), and nearly 40 percent received no services whatsoever.

3LPlace, a four-year-old non-profit in the Greater Boston area, is working to offer another path. 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.

The 3LPlace Life College residential transition program will provide experiential learning of the critical skills needed to live and work in the community. The operating premise is that these skills are best acquired IN the community, not in a separate, protected environment.

The program is flexible in duration with most students projected to stay two or three years. The 24/7, 11-month program will serve a diverse mix of students with various developmental disabilities. With a student to staff ratio of 3:1, 3LPlace Life College offers a relationship-based developmental approach that begins by working to maximize each student’s creativity, interests, motivation, and communication to leverage self-advocacy and independence.

For more information, visit www.3LPlace.org, or call Life College Coordinator Andrea Albert at 617-440-4415.

Our mailing address is:

3LPlace
50 Whitman Street,
Somerville, MA 02144

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