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Success Stories

DARS works with employers across the Commonwealth to place clients into employment positions suited to their strengths and supportive of their accommodation needs. Here are some of their stories.

What We Do: Workforce Development Specialists

Workforce development specialist William Sutton explains his job role, including how he builds relationships with businesses and helps to match qualified job candidates with potential employers, putting their abilities first.

Working with Lowe's to hire individuals with disabilities

DARS has partnered with Lowe's Home Improvement stores throughout Virginia to hire more people with disabilities. With the help of a DARS business development manager and Lowe's HR manager, a Lynchburg area store successfully hired Nathan Christ, who is deaf, to a permanent part-time position.

Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

CPID representatives and business leaders from Nebraska, Georgia and Kentucky joined representatives from the Virginia CPID, including DARS, DBVI, and WWRC at a three-day conference in summer 2007. Learn more about Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities and how provides the opportunity to gain credentials and training that will lead to a livable wage and career.

Designing Devices and Breaking Barriers: DARS Fabrication Shop

Rehabilitation engineers in DARS' Richmond fabrication shop talk about the process for designing assistive technology devices that help DARS consumers who need accommodations at home or in the workplace and the opportunities they provide, including greater independence and employment.

Mark Hughes' road from recovery to employment in research

In 2013, Mark Hughes suffered a stroke that caused temporary mobility loss in his leg and permanent loss in his left arm. Mark contacted DARS and worked with a rehabilitation counselor, workforce development specialist, assistive technology specialist and rehab engineer to help obtain and maintain a job in his field of research.

DARS and Didlake: Hiring Consumers and Breaking Records

DARS referred more than 100 job candidates to contractor Didlake, who was tasked to fill custodial services jobs for three naval facilities in the Hampton Roads area. Hear from Didlake representatives who worked with DARS' business services and job placement staff in a 6-month timeframe to recruit, train and hire 110+ full-time employees.

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