8th International Short Break Association 2012 (Respite Conference)

Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, October-10-12

8th International Short Break Association 2012 (Respite Conference)
Wednesday, October-10-12 9:00 AM -
Friday, October-12-12 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

King Edward Hotel
37 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1E9

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You can register to attend the International Short Break Association Conference 2012 in Toronto by clicking the Register Now button. Clicking this button will also allow you to submit a Paper/Presentation. Once you arrive to the registration page, just select at the bottom under the Start Your Registration section if you want to submit a Presentation & Paper Application OR register as an attendee.

We are thrilled to extend an invitation to you to attend the 8th International Short Break (Respite) Conference.
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.

Toronto is an exciting city with one of the most multicultural environments in the world. Fall is a beautiful time to visit. 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.

Come join us!

Catherine Shanahan & Leslie Atkinson
Co-Chairs, International Short Break Association

Call for Presentation & Papers

Deadline for submission is March 2, 2012

Join us for this exciting & energizing opportunity!

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!

Note: When you click the Submit Your Application button, scroll to the bottom of the Registration page you are brought to and under the Start Your Registration section, select the Paper & Presentation Application registration type. There is no fee to to submit an application.

Please review the Call for Papers and Presentations

English Application

Only online applications will be accepted.

Our French website will be available soon! Stay tuned for details!

  Last Updated:    February-21-12
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