Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to give a workshop on 12 April 2013:
"The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health with specific focus on hearing impairment"
Magteld Smith is currently a Medical-Social Researcher to the University of the Free State, Faculty of Health Sciences in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, in Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa. She was a founder of various community projects, and has created a public forum for the discussion of disability-related issues. Smith has 20 years' experience in the field of disabilities and is an advocate for efforts to improve the conditions of people with disabilities, specifically those with hearing impairment (HI). Her study aims to determine the cost effectiveness of various rehabilitation programs for people with HI, including multiple disabilities associated with HI, making it possible for more people to have access to a wider array of rehabilitation options. She is a doctorate student in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences in Development Studies. She earned among other qualifications a Master's degree in Governance and Political Transformation, and a Master's degree in Development Studies from University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa.
During Smith's fellowship year, her professional affiliation will be with the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies at the University of Minnesota. The primary objective will be to develop disability studies curriculum and disability studies-influenced scholarship and policy initiatives, with particular attention to issues related to HI. Smith is also working closely with the Hennepin County Mentor ship Program of the State Minnesota to share best practices in areas of professional work and build international colleague ship.