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The European voice for informal carers

Call for presentations for the 2020 International Respite Conference in Wisconsin

!! Deadline for Proposal Submissions: September 30, 2019 !!

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. 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.

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.  Proposal submissions are encouraged from family caregivers, individuals who receive respite care, researchers, and caregiving professionals. They are looking for 25 or 75-minute presentations related to the following topics.


  • 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

For complete proposal information visit  Please contact Laura Richards at or Jill Kagan with ARCH at with any questions.

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