8 Skills that everyone should have by age 18

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What are the skills every 18-year old needs?  Former Stanford dean shares his thoughts about the 8 skills that everyone should have by age 18.  This article was not written specifically for students with visual impairments and blindness; however, the same 8 skill sets certainly apply. Students with visual impairments and blindness may require specific training in these areas and should be given specific opportunities to practice and master these skills - before heading off to college!

  1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers
  2. An 18-year-old must be able to find his way around
  3. An 18-year-old must be able to manage his assignments, workload and deadlines
  4. An 18-year-old must be able to contribute to the running of a household
  5. An 18-year-old must be able to handle interpersonal problems
  6. An 18-year-old must be able to cope with ups and downs
  7. An 18-year-old must be able to earn and manage money
  8. An 18-year-old must be able to take risks

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