The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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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Get ready for hurricane season

Do you have a kit of supplies on hand in the event of a hurricane? Learn from the Virginia Department for Emergency Management what items you should have ready for those with special needs at or for older adults at Be prepared and be safe.

DARS offers information, guidance on use of assistive technology in support of hiring Virginians with disabilities

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.

DARS lauds employers for championing disability employment

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.

Virginia’s Blueprint for Livable Communities

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.