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.
Latest NewsMore news from DARS
On July 1, the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center officially becomes the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, its mission of helping individuals with disabilities go to work while preserving a legacy of comprehensive vocational and medical services. WWRC remains dedicated to helping Virginians with disabilities obtain the transformational services necessary for independence and employment. Visit www.wwrc.virginia.gov to learn more about its services.
Hurricane season begins June 1. Do you have a kit of supplies on hand in the event of a storm? Learn from the Virginia Department for Emergency Management what items you should have ready for those with special needs at http://bit.ly/11TKGaB or for older adults at http://bit.ly/10U7FmO. Visit www.readyvirginia.gov for more.
Nearly 95 high school students in Virginia with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated this school year in the innovative Project SEARCH career program to gain valuable work experience and skills. DARS joins the host sites in congratulating the students for their accomplishments. Read more about Project SEARCH.
A wellness program initially targeted to older Virginians is helping offenders at five correctional facilities learn to manage their chronic diseases and improve their well-being. DARS and its partners presented an overview of these chronic disease self-management workshops at the recent Southern Gerontological Society's annual meeting. Learn more about the program.
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.