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Donation helps Costa Mesa nonprofit revive Access to Adventure program

By LOUIS CASIANO JR. | Orange County Register – A Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that serves those with developmental disabilities in Orange County will restart a popular program to provide its clients with outings and social interaction thanks to a $10,000 grant. The money – from the Louis and Gladyce Foster Family Foundation – given to Project Independence this month will help bring back its Access to Adventure p
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Project Independence gearing up for walk fundraiser

June 29, 2017 |  The Daily Pilot Project Independence, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities, is looking for sponsors and gathering teams in preparation for its Walk for Independence on Sept. 9. The event at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa will support the nonprofit. For more information, contact Todd Eckert at todd@proindependence.org or (714) 549-3464.
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Virgen’s View: Costa Mesa man, who is autistic, prepares to run his sixth OC Marathon

From Daily Pilot byby Steve Virgen Contact Reporter. On most Saturdays, Marcell Bassett will ditch his running shoes and run on his bare feet. His toes crush into the sand. He prefers to train for the OC Marathon on the beach. He says the work helps with his posture and strengthens his stride. He wants to be ready, and he believes this will help. This applies to a marathon race, but it could also be a reflection of h
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Health Matters: Workforce diversity includes people with disabilities

For 20 years, Marcell Bassett has worked a full-time job in the Recovery Department at IKEA in Orange County.  IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishing company, was founded more than 60 years ago in Sweden. It may not seem remarkable to hold a job for two decades; however, for a person with a disability, it is quite an accomplishment for both the employer and the employee. To encourage employers to include people wi
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New Project Independence Ad on Born This Way

The ad has been produced by Kernel Productions to run on the 3x Emmy nominated show on A&E Born This Way. This is a show that portrays an ensemble cast of young people born with Down Syndrome as they live their lives, pursuing their passions, realizing their dreams and coping with transitions- just like the rest of us. It starts its second season Tuesday 7/26/16.
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OC Radio

Our friends at OC Talk Radio (https://www.octalkradio.net )  often invite Project Independence in to discuss the latest and greatest happenings at our organization. Proud clients like Tom and Gina are always excited about being interviewed and discussing their great jobs at places like Trader Joe’s and Irvine City Hall. In fact, many of our employers ask to stop by to discuss the many benefits to hiring Project
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California City Solutions: Irvine Finds Winning Combination to Improve Mail Center Operations

From Leaug eof California Cities June 9, 2016 This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2015 entries are available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California city Solutions. Irvine’s Mail Center project was submitted in 2015 for the Internal Administration award category. For over a decade, the city of Irvine has outsourced inter
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