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Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence and employment
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.
DARS was created by merging the former Department of Rehabilitative Services and Department for the Aging in 2012 to help older Virginians and those with disabilities to maximize and secure their employment, independence and full inclusion into society and guide the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population. In July, the adult services unit from Virginia's Department of Social Services joined DARS as its Adult Protective Services Division. Read Commissioner Rothrock's message on the agency's new mission statement. Read DARS' Code of Ethics.
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Join Gov. Bob McDonnell and DARS in celebrating October as Virginia Disability Employment Awareness Month. Gov. McDonnell notes that people with disabilities have the education, training, experience and desire to be successful in the workplace. Read his proclamation to learn more about why it is the responsibility of Virginians to encourage these individuals, including our wounded soldiers, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth.
Leaders in the Commonwealth's agencies and departments, along with Workforce Council and business leaders, gathered recently in Richmond to kick off a series of workshops across Virginia this summer in support of Gov. McDonnell's Executive Order No. 55. Visit DARS’ Pinterest boards to see assistive technology devices that can help any employer translate into action the Governor's challenge to help Virginians with disabilities, including wounded warriors, "participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment."
Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to review their current Medicare choices and compare them to coverage that is available for next year. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs Oct.15-Dec. 7. It’s the one time of year when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their coverage. Learn tips on preparing for enrollment and what steps you can take. Or, read more about Medicare online.
DARS congratulates the winners of the agency’s 2013 “Disability Employment Champions” awards. These statewide awards honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding business and employment practices encourage all Virginians to contribute their skills, ideas and talents to the workforce. Learn more about this year’s honorees.
Charlotte Arbogast is joining the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as the Commonwealth's first dementia services coordinator. As coordinator, Ms. Arbogast she will review existing programs and work with agencies to more effectively deliver services to Virginians with dementia and identify gaps and reduce duplication in those services. Learn more about this important new position.
The outgoing chair of the National Governors Association, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has unveiled a blueprint for governors, ? Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities,? which aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities. The blueprint offers best practices and lessons learned to focus on the employment challenges that affect individuals with intellectual and other significant disabilities and the role that Virginia and other state governments and business have taken in facilitating and advancing opportunities for these individuals to be gainfully employed in the competitive labor market.
The goal of this initiative is to bring together area leaders to focus on accessible and affordable transportation, housing, and wrap-around support services to help Virginians — of all ages and abilities — live integrated lives in their communities. Find out more.