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
Celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Twenty-five years ago, our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please join Gov. McAuliffe in celebrating the ADA, which became law on July 26, 1990, opening our communities and workforce to greater participation and opportunity for people with disabilities.

Fifty years of the Older Americans Act

To meet the diverse needs of the growing numbers of older persons in the United States, President Johnson signed the Older Americans Act on July 14, 1965. The act set specific objectives for maintaining the dignity and welfare of older adults and created the primary vehicle for organizing, coordinating and providing community-based services and opportunities for older Americans and their families. Learn more at

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 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 or for older adults at Visit 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.