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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.

This is Where I Belong

In June 2018, Laura Williams, a graduate of WWRC's Manufacturing Technology Training program, began her career with ComSonics, a company that specializes in the design, manufacture, sales and repair of electronics and fiber optics. Learn how the program helped Laura gain the skills, training and credentials needed for a job in this high-demand industry sector.

Connecting and Building Relationships

Business Development Manager Nate Mahanes describes how he developed a relationship with Intercon, a cable and wire assembly manufacturer in Forest, Va., and successfully found a skilled job candidate to meet their hiring needs.

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.

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