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Welcome registered Stronger Together attendees! On this page, you'll find helpful hints and information on how to make the most of your weekend experience. We're thrilled you will be joining DBSA and hundreds of peers for this incredible weekend of education, fun, and peer support! Check back often for exciting updates.

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Tips to Make the Most of the Weekend

Your Registration Confirmation

If you've registered online through our event Google Checkout, your confirmation e-mail with receipt of purchase serves as your conference confirmation. NOTE: You will not receive any additional confirmation in the mail.

If you've registered by phone, fax or U.S. mail, a confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of your registration form and payment. Please allow three (3) weeks for your confirmation.

Booking Your Hotel Room

DBSA has negotiated a very reasonable rate ($109 single/double) for attendees at the DBSA conference hotel, the Miami Hilton Downtown. Visit the Hotel and Travel section of the conference website for information on booking your hotel room by phone or online. Note room check in time is 3:00 p.m. Should you arrive early, you can check your bags with the hotel bellman and explore the city while you wait for your room to be ready.

Getting to the Conference

Be sure to visit the Hotel and Travel section of the conference website for information on things like discounted parking, Greyhound bus, and METRO and Amtrak train options, airport taxi services, and much more!

Checking in at the DBSA Conference Registration Desk

If you're registered for the Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) that takes place on Friday, you'll receive your conference materials when you check in for CLF on Friday morning. Please note you need to bring your conference badge and program with you when you board Saturday's free shuttle to Saturday's sessions at the ICBD hotel. So, if you're not attending Saturday and Sunday's programming, be sure to check-in at the DBSA Conference Registration desk on Friday or early Saturday morning, before boarding the shuttle.

DBSA Conference Check-in and Registration Hours
Overture Foyer, Ballroom Level, Hilton Miami Downtown:

Friday, June 14, 2013: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2013: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 2013: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Friday Evening's Attendee Orientation and Meet & Greet

Join us for a 30 minute session on how you can get the most from your conference experience on Friday evening, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Then join your fellow peers at the Conference Meet & Greet from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Here you'll mingle with other attendees, conference presenters and DBSA staff.

Room Temperature

Conference meeting rooms often fluctuate in temperature. While we and the hotel do our best to stay on top of temperature concerns, it’s best to be prepared. We recommend dressing in layers and bringing a light sweater with your to sessions, just in case.


If you are taking medication, please remember to bring a few extra days’ supply to the conference, in case you decide to stay longer than anticipated. In addition, we recommend that you also bring the following with you: a list of your medication(s), your doctor’s name and emergency telephone number, the name of a friend or relative and his/her emergency telephone number, and a copy of your insurance card. If you are flying to the conference, please be sure to pack your medication in your carry-on bag and take it on board with you in its original, labeled container. Do not pack medication in luggage that will be checked.

Dining Options

Lunch is included with your conference registration for the days for which you are registered—Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday. Breakfast and dinner is on your own. The Miami Hilton Downtown offers several on-site dining options. There are also numerous additional restaurant options just steps from the Miami Hilton Downtown. See "All about Miami" below for online directories.

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Weekend Fun - Don't Miss These Fun Events!

Friday's Conference Orientation
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

FREE with conference registration. Learn tips on making the most of your conference experience.

Friday's Conference Meet & Greet
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

FREE with conference registration. Meet new or connect with old friends at this fun, Miami-inspired gathering. It's a great way to kick-off your Stronger Together weekend!

DBSA Saturday Evening Benefit: Biscayne Bay Boat Tour
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Boat Boards at 6:45)

Cool off Saturday night on Biscayne Bay aboard a 2-hour boat tour, from which the calm waters are set afire by the colorful city lights. The bay tour gives you the best vantage from which to appreciate the city’s vibrant skyline. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks included.

Morning Exercise Sunday
7:30 am - 8:00 am

FREE with conference registration. Gather in the Motor lobby at 7:20 for an easy stretch prior to taking a short walk with your peers. Note: Participants should be in good health and walk at their own risk. DBSA is not responsible for any injuries related to, or resulting from participation.

Sunday’s Comedy Night
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring conference David Granirer and newly trained and alumni conference stand-up comics. This event is a perpetual conference favorite!

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Speaker Handouts

Speaker handouts will be posted to the conference website one week prior to the conference.

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Attend the DBSA 2013 National Conference and Receive Continuing Education Credit

If you wish to register for the conference and receive CE credit, please contact Whitney Homes at (312) 988-1178 or for more information.

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Connect with Other Attendees

Connect with other attendees from your area or those interested in ride or room sharing. Join the conversation!

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All about Miami

Visitor Website

Restaurant Guide

Getting Around Miami

Hotel Parking

Banks Closest to The Miami Hilton Downtown

  • Wells Fargo Bank:
    1752 Biscayne Boulevard,
    Miami, FL
    (305) 350-1320
  • Bank Of America ATM:
    1301 Biscayne Boulevard
    Miami, FL
    (800) 432-1000

Closest Emergency Room (ER)

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital:
    1611 Northwest 12th Avenue
    Miami, FL
    (305) 585-1111

Closest Pharmacies

  • Rx Pharmacy:
    1717 North Bayshore Drive
    Miami, FL
    (786) 777-0344
  • CVS Pharmacy:
    200 Biscayne Boulevard,
    Miami, FL
    (786) 838-0316

Local News and Weather

Veteran Resources

  • VA Medical Center, Veterans Affaires Department:
    1201 NW 16th St # A213
    Miami, FL 33125(305) 325-3325

GLBT Resources

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