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ASDs Family Handout—Guardianship

All teens, including teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), become adults and their own legal guardians on their 18th birthday. By law, when a person turns 18, her parents are no longer allowed to make medical or legal decisions for her. The only way parents can continue making decisions for their child is to become their adult child's legal guardian. It is best to start the process in a timely manner well before the teen's 18th birthday. A legal guardian usually makes all decisions about the adult child's well-being. Some families may choose to divide decision-making duties between the guardian and a conservator. A conservator takes care of the individual's financial affairs only. When the adult with an ASD can make personal and health decisions but not complex financial ones (especially those relating to Social Security or other governmental funding for daily care), she may need only a conservator.

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  • Renovation Starts Friday June 15, 2017

    Our Quincy office location is undergoing a renovation project of the exam rooms on our upper level!   The project is scheduled to start on Friday, June 15.  Your patience during this project is greatly appreciated.  We look foward to the updated look of the office when the project is completed! Please pardon our dust as we renovate to serve our patients and their families better. 
     
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    Quincy Pediatrics will be adopting a new Electronic Medical Record, Partners eCare, starting Saturday, June 24.   Our staff has undergone extensive training and we have made every effort to ensure that there is minimal impact to our patients during this transition.  This system is still new to us and we apologize for any inconvenience you may experience.   Please bear with us as we adopt this change.  Thank you.