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, is "Respite is Key". We will spend 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.
The ISBA conference provides a chance to learn, to talk with people from around the globe and to hear about best practices. This conference will have opportunities for parents/family members, for those providing the short break/respite care, for agency professionals, government policy makers and academics.
This important biennial 3 day Conference is the only international forum for the sharing of innovation, best practice and policy development in the field of short breaks/respite care for people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to influence programs and policy into the future!