SUCCESS STORY OF FREDERICK E. LEE
PROGRAM: Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services (CRS)
On June 16, 2005, Frederick E. Lee of Houston suffered a
gunshot wound that cut his spinal cord and left him paralyzed
from his waist down. A month later, Frederick was referred to
DARS’ Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program (CRS) to help him
improve his mobility and independence.
DARS provided Frederick with a wheel chair, outpatient physical therapy and a stand-up frame so he could complete his daily tasks at his job. Frederick also received counseling and guidance to be able to live his life independently, as well as information about other community services he might utilize.
Frederick quickly reached his goals in the CRS program and learned how to get around in his wheelchair, and how to use his stand up frame to maneuver around his home and work. Physical therapy helped strengthen the muscles in his lower limbs and he was shown how to properly keep stress off his limbs to encourage the optimal alignment of his ankles, knees, hips and spine. By May 2007, these services administered by DARS’ CRS program allowed Frederick to perform everything needed to maintain independent living at home and work.
After receiving services from DARS, Frederick’s doctor released him back to his normal life, including returning to work with the trucking company where he was employed before his injury.
His CRS counselor says that Frederick is ready to receive the vocational services provided by DARS. Frederick has expressed interest in training for Computer Aided Design and would like to specialize in computer animation.
Frederick praised his experience with DARS: “I am very thankful for the support I received due to my injury. I did not know this type of service existed. The services helped me cope with the life altering situation that I faced. I will recommend these services to anyone who is in need of the services.”