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Our kids shouldn’t be destined to fail
before they start school

1 in 101 Australian children have a developmental delay. Without early intervention, children can continue to struggle into adulthood, putting them at a significant educational and social disadvantage.

Rachel and Ben’s story

It was the most ashamed I’ve ever felt as a mother. My beautiful little boy was slipping behind. Ben had a developmental delay that limited his ability to interact and learn. He wasn’t going to be ready to start school.

I know all too well that life without a good education is hard, but I’d tried everything I could to help him and he wasn’t showing any improvement. We’d seen specialists and were sitting on waiting lists for therapy I couldn’t afford. We weren’t getting anywhere.

It seemed the nearer Ben’s first day of ‘big school’ drew, the further he was from being ready for it.

I know now that learning difficulties are common for kids, but as a single mum I took Ben’s struggles personally. I felt like a failure.

Then we got help from a Mission Australia pre-school with specialist early intervention services. I’ve always believed in my son. It meant the world to me that Mission Australia and their supporters did too.

Please give to Mission Australia to help other struggling children develop vital skills to be ready for school.

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“I tried everything but Ben kept falling further behind. I felt like such a failure.”

Rachel, Ben’s mum

Our promise to you

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Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence for more than 155 years, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.

Thanks to your support, together we helped 131,015 people in 2016 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.


More than 86% of our income goes straight back into delivering services that assist vulnerable Australians.

We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar goes where it is needed most.

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics. Disability, Australia, 2009 (cat. no.4446.0)
*All client names and images have been changed to protect the identities of the people Mission Australia helps