About the International Short Break Association2019-04-24T18:00:00+00:00


The International Short Break Association (ISBA) is a worldwide initiative made up of  agencies and organisations providing health care and respite services for families concerned with disabilities.  Their work is inclusive and responsive to their clients needs.

ISBA exists to provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience of Short Break Care, across national and cultural boundaries. We want to create professional and physical tools with the aim of securing the home life of families and ensuring the integrity of the family unit.


Our Objectives:

  1. To organise a biennial conference that contributes to a common understanding of the development of good short break/respite care for the disabled and their families. The next is in Madison, WI, USA on June 16-19, 2020
  2. ISBA develops a platform for the exchange of knowledge, courses of action and working practices within short break care/respite, across care provider lines.
  3. To provide a chance to learn, to talk with people from around the globe and hear about best practices in supporting families who are caring for individuals with disabilities or on-going disabling conditions or impairments.


The terms ‘Short Break’ and ‘Respite Care’ are interchangeable and their use reflects how different countries around the world refer to the breaks from the caring routine that people need to have a life outside of that routine.