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
Governor’s Conference on Aging gathers experts to discuss enhancing lives of older Virginians

The Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services will convene in Richmond May 2-3 the Governor’s Conference on Aging to identify ways to enhance the health and well-being of Virginians as they age. Learn more about this historic event.

Virginia GrandDriver can help you recognize the changes that accompany aging and keep you safe on the road.

Hitting the road? Check out the Virginia GrandDriver website for information and resources older drivers need to know to stay safe and mobile on the road. Learn about safe driving events near you.

Gov. McAuliffe honors first graduates of collaborative WWRC job training program with CVS Health

Gov. McAuliffe visited Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center to recognize the first graduates of an innovative job training program developed in collaboration with CVS Health. Learn more about the partnership and the training program and see photos from the Governor’s visit on the DARS Facebook page at www.facebook/com/vadars.

Road from recovery to employment in research

Learn how DARS collaborated with Virginia Commonwealth University to assist a laboratory scientist who suffered a stroke return to work using assistive technology DARS created to help him in his job. Check out the video on our YouTube channel.

Gov. McAuliffe announces nearly $3 million in grants to expand No Wrong Door Program

Virginia has been awarded nearly $3 million in federal funding to help ease difficulties older adults and people with disabilities may face when they seek support services from state agencies, health care systems and community organizations. Learn more.

Watch an informational video on WWRC

Check out the new informational video on the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, provided by the WWRC Foundation. The video shares personal stories of how the center helps individuals with disabilities go to work or receive comprehensive vocational and medical services. Visit to learn more about the center’s services.

DARS videos on demand on YouTube channel

DARS’ YouTube channel offers open captioned videos highlighting the agency’s efforts to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities and their families. Watch a college student discuss his educational aspirations and how DARS helped him to achieve his personal goal of advocating for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.