The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Welcome to DARS

Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence, inclusion and integration

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 includes the Adult Protective Services Division, the Community Based Services Division, Disability Determination Services, the Division for Rehabilitative Services, the Division for the Aging, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, the Office of Community Integration and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Learn more in this overview of the agency.


Latest News

More news from DARS

Inclusion Drives Innovation

 Join DARS in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. This year's theme is "Inclusion Drives Innovation." Our Division of Rehabilitative Services will be holding regional "Champions of Disability Employment" events across the Commonwealth to recognize businesses efforts to hire more individuals with disabilities. Read the Governor's proclamation here.

Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities helps Virginians with disabilities prepare for today's workforce

 Watch a video to learn how DARS and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired are helping individuals with disabilities gain training and credentials for jobs in high-demand industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing and IT. Find more information about Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities and upcoming Dream It. Do It. Virginia academies online.

The perfect fit

Nathan ChristNathan Christ, a DARS consumer who has been deaf since birth, works at a Lowe's home improvement store near Lynchburg. Watch his story and find out how DARS' business development managers can increase your organization's awareness of the advantages of hiring people with disabilities.

New law aids fight against adult financial exploitation

 DARS and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring remind Virginians of a new law that will aid investigations into the heinous crime of financial exploitation of older or vulnerable Virginians. The law requires any report of adult financial exploitation received by the state Adult Protective Services hotline or local departments of social services, regardless of the amount of financial loss, to be reported immediately to local law enforcement.

Be ready, Virginia

Hurricane Isabel 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 or for older adults at Visit for more.