The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired are participating in the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities Model Demonstration project that will enhance the capacity of existing regional career pathways systems in Virginia to serve individuals with disabilities, including youth. The project is funded by the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration, and its goals are to:
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DARS is a partner in the Vocational Rehabilitation Return on Investment Project funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research through a five-year grant to the University of Richmond.
DARS is a strategic partner, with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in the implementation of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), funded by the Employment and Training Administration in coordination with the Office of Disability Employment Policy, through a 40 month grant to VCCS.
Work Incentives Specialist Advocates (WISA’s), are individuals who have been certified to provide work incentives counseling services to DARS clients who are receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Virginia WISAs use WorkWORLD for the Web (WW), an online, Virginia specific program that provides accurate information on how a SSI/SSDI client's financial circumstances will change once they go to work.
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