DARS partners with employers across Virginia to provide them with qualified, dependable employees. Between 3,000-4,000 DARS clients become successfully employed each year.
DARS' dedicated staff helps your business find the right job candidates and take the guesswork out of hiring decisions:
Our business development managers and placement counselors do the legwork by:
The work experience allows employers to get a free, first-hand look at potential, future employees while our clients get to explore a career opportunity.
Clients are not guaranteed a job, but will hopefully meet and work with someone in your organization who may agree to be a reference.
On-the-job training is a financial incentive for businesses and a chance to assess the abilities and work habits of an employee. If you have an on-the-job training contract to hire a DARS client, DARS will reimburse you for up to 50 percent of the employee's earnings for the training period. The result - you have gained a trained, dedicated employee at half the cost.
A tax credit is available to employers who hire persons with disabilities. The tax credit amounts to 40 percent of the first $6,000 or up to $2,400 in wages paid during the first twelve months for each new hire. See the VEC website for more information.
The $5,000 bond is free to employers and covers eligible employees for six months.
Sometimes employees need an adjustment or modification in the workplace to perform their job productively. DARS' assistive technology specialists and skilled rehabilitation engineers can assess your workplace and develop accommodations needed.
In many cases, an accommodation is a simple, inexpensive fix that DARS engineers can build and install such as an ergonomic keyboard or a software application designed for needed tasks or a modified work schedule.
Examples of assistive technology devices can be seen on our Pinterest page.
DARS offers disability awareness and diversity training to help educate your managers and staff on disability etiquette and using "people first" language.
Our staff is also available to speak on topics such as assistive technology, reasonable accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and federal contract requirements, or we can customize a presentation for your organization.
Contact your local business development manager to learn more or set up these programs.
Located in rural Fishersville, WWRC's campus community offers comprehensive services for individuals with disabilities that promote independence, self-sufficiency and employment skills.
WWRC offers a variety of workforce-driven training programs and industry credentials in manufacturing technology, materials handling, health occupations, production and assembly, auto mechanics, culinary service, and business and information technology.
Its team of counselors is critical in evaluating clients’ job skills and needs for accommodations including assistive technology and driving instruction. Our medical rehabilitation staff provide comprehensive services to individuals who have a potential to improve independence and employability.
A key to WWRC’s success is how it engages business as well as workforce and community partners through DARS resources such as Business Development Managers and Job Placement Counselors.