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2020 International Short Break (Respite) Association Conference POSTPONED

Given the tremendous uncertainty in the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with deep regret that the International Short Break Association (ISBA) and its cohosts have decided to postpone the 2020 International Short Break (Respite) Association Conference scheduled for June 16-18, in Madison, WI.  We are currently exploring the possibility of rescheduling for next spring or early summer.  We will reach out to you shortly with more information, including information about next steps related to your registration fees.

Respite Research Summit POSTPONED and goes VIRTUAL

The ARCH Respite Research Summit will also be postponed.  With guidance from ACL, we have decided to hold the Research Summit VIRTUALLY.  We will notify you of the date of the virtual meeting in the very near future.  There will be NO FEE to attend the Virtual Respite Research Summit.  Additional information about the date of the virtual meeting and how to register will be forthcoming.  We will reach out to you shortly with more information regarding next steps related to your registration fees.

Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium goes VIRTUAL

As a result of the conference postponement, the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium, scheduled for June 16, will be held VIRTUALLY on that date, rather than as an in-person meeting.  Additional information will be provided directly from ARCH, as it becomes available.

If you have already made hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation as soon as possible.  For those of you who may already have purchased your airline tickets, we advise canceling immediately so that you can potentially avoid a change fee and hopefully secure a travel credit that you can use to travel to the conference in 2021.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stay safe and well in these challenging times.

The International Short Break Association (ISBA) is hosting the 2020 International Respite (Short Break) Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, United States (U.S.) from June 16th-19th, 2020.  This international conference is intended for everyone who provides, uses, or needs respite/short break services.  It is also for policy makers and program administrators who want to understand or better support the respite/short break needs of family caregivers, and individuals who receive respite care across all ages.

The theme for the conference Moving Respite Forward is inspired by Wisconsin’s motto “Forward” which reflects the State’s continuous drive to be a national leader.  This conference will provide a space to advance knowledge and understanding of respite by learning from and with international leaders in the field of respite.  The conference will also challenge attendees to utilize evidence-based practices and discover innovative strategies to improve respite care to meet the growing needs of the 43 million U.S. family caregivers and millions more carers[1] around the world.  Together, we are Moving Respite Forward!

Additionally, the world’s first Respite Research Summit will be held immediately following the conference on June 19, 2020.


Meeting venue is Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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