All confirmed presentations from the 2020 conference are invited to present at the rescheduled conference, which will take place June 22 – 25, 2021 VIRTUALLY.  We are asking all presenters to email no later than Tuesday, September 15, 2020 to confirm your intent to present at the 2021 conference.  If you would like to make any updates to your abstract, including changing the title or presenter and author information, please include that information in your email, as well. It is very important that you reconfirm your intent present to this email even if you have no changes.

The theme of the conference is “Moving Respite Forward”

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.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts to the conference. Abstracts should be submitted through the abstract submission form. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by referees.

Submission guidelines
Abstracts must be written in English only.

The abstract title should be in initial capital case and then lower case, not all capitals.
Authors’ names should be supplied as asked for in the abstract registration form.
A maximum of three presenters per submission is allowed.
All affiliations should contain institution, city and country.
Abstract text
Sub-headings e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion etc. may be included.

Abstract text should not exceed 500 words.
Table and figures in abstract are not allowed.

You can select preferred presentation

  • 25 Minute Presentation
  • 75 Minute Workshop
  • Poster Presentation
  • No Preference

Length of a presentation
The conference will offer 75-minute time slots for breakout sessions with either one 75-minute workshop or three 25-minute oral presentations (including time for questions).  Presenters who indicate interest in a 75-minute workshop must describe how they will actively engage participants.

Poster size 91″ x 44.75″

Important dates

  • Presentation submission
    – Currently Closed

  • Registration opens
    – August 5, 2020

Abstract Submission Closed


  • Innovative Service Delivery Options throughout the Lifespan
  • Advances in Research and Evaluation
  • Family Caregiver Perspectives
  • Building Capacity and Ensuring Sustainability
  • Advocacy and Networking for Policy Change
  • Lifespan Respite

Inclusion Criteria

  • Practical applicability to the conference theme Moving Respite Forward
  • Usefulness of the information, skills, and/or ideas for the intended audience
  • Contributions to new or innovative practices
  • Intent to stimulate active engagement of participants
  • Presenter’s qualifications and experience
  • Use of instructional aids

Conference Theme: Moving Respite Forward
We are looking for presentation proposals that focus on respite care, but cross over multiple disciplines, reflecting the wide range of options required and utilized by caregivers across the lifespan. Proposals should target one of the five topic areas and/or the Lifespan Respite Track described below. Following each topic area are questions to help you think about possible session ideas, but you are not limited to these. We encourage you to be creative and show how your work is Moving Respite Forward! 

Who Should Attend

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.  Anyone who is personally or professionally affected by or caring for children and adults with disabilities, chronic conditions, or older adults with functional limitations has a stake in significant caregiver issues.  Families of or providers to military wounded soldiers or Veterans, kinship caregivers or providers, and those working with families at risk of abuse or neglect will also have much to gain from attending this conference.  The audience will include family caregivers, persons with disabilities, older adults, parents, grandparents, guardians, respite providers, social workers, case managers, program managers, nurses, researchers, advocates, direct support staff, teachers, leaders of faith‐based organizations, policy makers, and other community/business leaders who influence and shape the role of respite in the support network.  We especially encourage presentations from family caregivers, individuals who receive respite care, researchers, and care giving professionals.

Call for Presentations and Papers
Presentations and workshops are invited that explore the following themes with moving respite forward in mind. Presenters are encouraged to use visual presentations, such as videos, documentaries and examples that relate to the field of short breaks/respite.

  • Innovative Service Delivery Options throughout the Lifespan
  • Advances in Research and Evaluation
  • Family Caregiver Perspectives
  • Building Capacity and Ensuring Sustainability
  • Advocacy and Networking for Policy Change

Topic Areas

Innovative Service Delivery Options throughout the Lifespan
Are your respite services on the cutting edge, offering new and innovative approaches to short breaks?
Are you engaging volunteers and the faith community to provide respite?
Are you reaching families across the age and disability spectrum in meaningful ways?
Are your respite services person and family-centered?
How do you engage working caregivers to utilize respite?

Advances in Research and Evaluation
Have you done research on innovative or exemplary respite service models?
Have you documented significant caregiver or care recipient outcomes from respite?
How does respite benefit the whole family?
How do you ensure the quality of the respite services you provide?

Family Caregiver Perspectives
What does respite mean for you?
What would your dream respite look like?
What do I need to feel optimistic about using respite? 
How do I know my loved one is safe and well cared for in respite?

Building Capacity and Ensuring Sustainability
What partnerships have you fostered outside of your own network to promote or sustain respite services? 
What business practices have you used to ensure sustainability?
How have you collaborated with health systems or insurance companies to promote respite? 

Advocacy and Networking for Policy Change
Are you an advocate for respite?
What strategies have you used to promote respite with policymakers, funders and other decision makers? 
Do you work in coalitions with other and what re your greatest success stories in making collaboration work? 

Lifespan Respite Track for U.S. Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners In addition to the topical areas above, the conference will highlight a Lifespan Respite track for U.S. Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners. Current and former Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners are encouraged to submit a session proposal that describes best practices, program successes, and challenges experienced in the implementation of Lifespan Respite grant or coalition activities. Topics in this track might include: Innovative service delivery; collaborative partnerships (e.g., the role of No Wrong Door Systems and Aging and Disability Resource Centers; unique stakeholders in Lifespan Respite systems, such as employers, medical community or managed care organizations); respite registries; public awareness and messaging; sustainability plans; fact-finding and data management; and other significant accomplishments or challenges resulting from activities undertaken with Lifespan Respite grant funds or state funds for Lifespan Respite systems.