The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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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 News

More news from DARS
November is Virginia Caregivers Month

Gov. McAuliffe notes in his proclamation that the caregiving by family and friends is the single most valuable support to the health and well-being of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities and minors.

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month

DARS celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. A series of events around Virginia honored more than 30 employers and employees as Champions of Disability Employment. View the photo album and read a news release from Gov. McAuliffe congratulating the honorees.

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.

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.