Dr. David W. Smith to be a guest on Radio Station KVOI-AM 1030

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Dr. David W. Smith to be a guest on Radio Station KVOI-AM 1030

Sunday, April 25th at 4:30 pm

David W. Smith, D.ED, DABPS, DACFE, MACF, FACFEI, director of the Disability Assessment Research Clinic (DARC) at the Arizona Arthritis Center will be a guest on a one-hour discussion program, "Special Needs Lifestyles," airing Sunday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. on radio station KVOI-AM 1030.

Dr. Smith will be interviewed by host Larry Finman about the process of becoming better informed in order to be a self-advocate, including some actual cases. Dr. Smith has been a patient advocate for his son who was unable to direct his own care after suffering a life-threatening injury (chronicled in the New York Times, www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/health/27brod.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=David%20Wayne%20Smith&st=cse).

Dr. Smith will be joined by Gina Cortesa, a former IBM employee, who was referred to the clinic after her rheumatoid arthritis made it too difficult to work. She currently is on long-term disability, thanks to Dr. Smith's advocacy, but her goal is to return to work at IBM at a job she can manage according to her physical abilities.

DARC is the only comprehensive assessment center in Arizona that evaluates a person's medical, psychological and vocational abilities and helps people sort out their abilities, disabilities and vocational and benefit options.

In operation since 1994, DARC conducts medical, psychological and vocational services assessments to assist severely disabled persons in their effort to obtain various disability benefits, including short- and long-term and social security disability, and to help people keep working. Dr. Smith is a former consultant for the Bureau of Hearings & Appeals and the Social Security Administration. DARC offers hope to patients by assessing how their condition affects their lifestyle, whether they have the ability to perform their job, whether they can be trained for a new job and what benefits are available to them.

For more information about the Disability Assessment Research Clinic, visit the Web site www.arthritis.arizona.edu/index.php/services/darc.html