8th International Short Break Association 2012

(Respite Conference)


October 10-12 2012 | Toronto ON Canada

About ISBA

We would like to invite you to visit our beautiful town Wolfenbüttel. Professional speakers and a thrilling program will expect you and about 300 international guests. This conference will give opportunities to exchange information for those providing short break/respite care, for agency professionals, government policy makers, academics and parents/family members. The ISBA Conference 2016 provides a chance to learn, to talk with people from around the globe and to hear about best practices in supporting families who are caring for individuals with disabilities or ongoing disabling conditions.

About ISBA 2012

The 8th International Short Break Association conference was a wonderful opportunity to bring people together from around the globe.  300 delegates from 12 different countries met to share information, learn about unique supports and programs and to be inspired by others with a passion for this work. Short Break care, known more as respite care in Canada and the United States, is a critical element of support for families who are caring for individuals with disabilities or ongoing disabling conditions. The theme of the conference therefore, was “Respite is Key”. We spent time focusing on four themes:

  • Opening the Door to the Community: Respite/short break care as a means to assisting people to have an opportunity to have a full life in the community.
  • The Key to Strengthening Families: Models for flexible, individualized respite/short break programs around the world, research and family input.
  • Unlocking Resources: How are countries managing to provide resources in times of economic restraints, how do families manage with limited resources and how do we combine paid and natural supports.
  • Treasures Found: The goal with respite /short break care is to focus on developing relationships- how do we encourage this, how do we ensure the right people are in place, how do we minimize risk.