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.

 

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More news from DARS
Supporting Virginians with disabilities in the new Virginia economy

DARS looks forward to working with Sec. of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, as the Commonwealth’s chief workforce development advisor, to meet the directives in Gov. McAuliffe’s Executive Order No. 46 regarding Virginians with disabilities and their opportunities to seek and gain employment in the new Virginia economy. Read the order at http://1.usa.gov/1MsEUV2.

Welcome to the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center

On July 1, the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center became the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, in keeping with 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.

Be ready, Virginia

It's hurricane season. 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.

DARS videos on demand on YouTube channel

Visit DARS’ YouTube channel for open captioned videos about the agency’s efforts to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities and their families.

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.