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.
DARS was created by merging the former Department of Rehabilitative Services and Department for the Aging in 2012 to help older Virginians and those with disabilities to maximize and secure their employment, independence and full inclusion into society and guide the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population. In July, the adult services unit from Virginia's Department of Social Services joined DARS as its Adult Protective Services Division. Read Commissioner Rothrock's message on the agency's new mission statement. Read DARS' Code of Ethics.
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Leaders in the Commonwealth's agencies and departments, along with Workforce Council and business leaders, gathered recently in Richmond to kick off a series of workshops across Virginia this summer in support of Gov. McDonnell's Executive Order No. 55. Visit DARS’ Pinterest boards to see assistive technology devices that can help any employer translate into action the Governor's challenge to help Virginians with disabilities, including wounded warriors, "participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative 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.
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.