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Rehabilitation Technology Services

DARS provides a variety of assistive technology (AT) services to agency clients, staff, and employers who hire DARS clients. The RTS team is comprised of AT Specialists (ATS) and Rehabilitation Engineering (RE) professionals. ATS examine activities of daily living as they relate to employment and tasks that support employment. Their goal is to work with the individual to identify equipment and accommodations to help VR clients obtain and maintain employment.

Services include:

  • AT Assessment
  • AT Trials / Recommendations
  • Computer Accommodations
  • Ergonomic Work Solutions
  • Handheld Technology

RE staff work with VR clients to determine appropriate off-the-shelf and custom AT solutions. Services include: Worksite Modifications; Home Modifications; Vehicle Modifications; and Custom Fabrication.


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Designing Devices & Breaking Barriers: DARS Fabrication Shop

Tom Rybak and Ronnie Childs of DARS' Richmond fabrication shop talk about the process for designing AT devices that help DARS consumers who need accommodations at home or in the workplace and the opportunities they provide, including greater independence and employment.


Examples of Technology and Devices


Our staff uses a variety of devices, both out-of-the-box and custom-made to provide meaningful accommodations to our consumers. Click on each photo to learn more.



For more information about this program, and to learn about current offerings and services, please contact:
Barclay Shepard, Rehab Technology Services / VATS Manager


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