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Division for Community Living

Maximizing independence for people with disabilities throughout the commonwealth

The Division for Community Living partners with more than 150 community organizations that look to the agency for oversight and funding. Approximately 20 division employees oversee the administration of services provided for people with disabilities. Additionally, division staff provide direction and support to four advisory boards.

Public Guardian Program

Public guardians contract with DARS to serve individuals who are incapacitated, indigent and need a legal decision-maker.

Old man in hat, who looks similar to an older Sammy Davis Jr., looking right at you.
Auxiliary Grant

An Auxiliary Grant (AG) is supplemental income for qualified individuals who are 65+, blind or disabled and live in a licensed assisted living facility.

Disability Programs

Independent Living

The Independent Living Unit works with Centers for Independent Living (CILS) to improve the quality of life for Virginians living with a disability.

This man was having a sing-a-long with a support worker. She held the chords while the man strummed.
Brain Injury Services

The Brain Injury Services Coordination Unit works with many community partners to improve services and resources for Virginians living with brain injury.

A man helping his girlfriend in her wheelchair with her leg.
Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

Also called attendant care, PAS is a range of non-medical services for individuals with severe physical or sensory disabilities with activities of daily living.

A mother and son together in their family room or living room.
Long Term Rehabilitation Case Management

Helps people with severe physical and sensory disabilities have quality of life through self-direction, support & community resources.

Boards and Councils

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
— Christopher Reeve