Welcome to DARS
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. Read about our mission statement and our code of ethics.
DARS was created in 2012 by merging the former Department of Rehabilitative Services and Department for the Aging. In 2013, the adult services unit from Virginia's Department of Social Services joined DARS as its Adult Protective Services Division.
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Join DARS in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Labor’s theme for this year’s national observance, “Expect. Employ. Empower.,” raises awareness about disability employment issues and honors the many diverse contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Learn more about this effort.
Do you have a kit of supplies on hand in the event of severe weather? The Virginia Department for Emergency Management has tips on what items you should have on hand for those with special needs at http://bit.ly/11TKGaB or for older adults at http://bit.ly/10U7FmO. Be prepared for emergencies and be safe.
Visit DARS’ Pinterest boards to see assistive technology devices that can help employers interested in hiring Virginians with disabilities, including wounded warriors, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment.
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.