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 will be given to Project Independence clients based upon how many laps they complete, and a silent auction will be held.

The Costa Mesa-based Daily Pilot newspaper will again be the media sponsor.  U. S. Bank is the title sponsor. Funds raised from the walk will help fund the organization’s Independent Living, Supported Employment, and Day Program services that support more than 600 adults. More than 300 people are anticipated to participate the event that annually raises more than $50,000.

“We invite everyone to celebrate independent living for people with developmental disabilities as we return to a much-anticipated, in-person celebration,” said Project Independence CEO Robert Watson.

To register to participate in the event, visit
To become a sponsor, please contact CEO Bob Watson at or 714-549-3464.

Project Independence has more than four decades of service and stability in Orange County as a lifeline to adults with developmental disabilities.

Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by Project Independence goes directly to support vital programs for people with developmental disabilities.