creating independence for people with developmental disabilities | photo of clients receiving earthquake preparedness training


Project Independence has job openings!

Apply Now


Costa Mesa Fire staff helps nonprofit prep for ‘The Big One’

Read More


Check out our Instagram page!

Read More


Check out this great video put together by the City of Costa Mesa as we celebrated our 14th Annual Walk for Independence this past October!

Project Independence is celebrating 45 years in Costa Mesa, and we congratulate them on another successful Walk benefiting people with disabilities in Orange County.


Costa Mesa Fire staff pairs with nonprofit to prep adults with disabilities for ‘The Big One’

By Sara CardineStaff Writer  / Oct. 11, 2023 6:54 PM PT If a natural disaster like an earthquake, flood or fire were to strike today, what would you do? While many might panic, a group of clients served by the nonprofit Project Independence now know to recall the preparedness triangle — evacuate, communicate, reunify — and to grab the essentials before they flee to safety. Brenda Emrick, acting emergency services manager with the Costa Mesa Fire Department on Wednesday stopped by the Costa Mesa nonprofit to lead a disaster preparedness training for about 30 adults living with intellectual disabilities. Her ...

14th Annual Walk for Independence returns to Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa

by: Dan Pittman Published: October 2, 2023 COSTA MESA...– Nonprofit Project Independence invites champions for the rights of people with developmental disabilities to walk, run, or roll at its 14th Annual Walk for Independence, set for Saturday, October 7, 2023 at TeWinkle Park at 970 Arlington Drive in Costa Mesa to help launch National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Registration opens at 7:30 AM. The walk begins at 8 AM.  A walk t-shirt, light lunch and water will be provided to everyone who registers.  Local exhibitors will provide free information about a variety of services for people with developmental disabilities. Prizes ...

Latest on Instagram

Stay Up to Date

Get our latest news and advocacy alerts


We serve over 700 people with developmental disabilities in Southern California that need your help to achieve and maintain independence.



Walk for Independence

October 7, 2023

Find Out More

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2023

Coming Soon!

Access to Adventure

Monthly Events

View Calendar

Featured Partners