2009 National Conference Attendee Center


In the Attendee Center, you'll find helpful hints and information on how to make the most of your conference experience. Check back often for exciting updates. We're thrilled you will be joining DBSA and hundreds of peers for this incredible weekend of information, fun, and support!

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To help you make the most of your conference experience
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Fun stuff to do, tips on getting around, and "good eats!"
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Conference gear and more!
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Download these in advance.
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Share a ride or room, or find others from your city/state.
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Tell your friends everything about the conference.
Conference Tips

Your Registration Confirmation
If you've registered online through our event Google Check-Out, 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 postal mail, a confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of your registration form and payment. Please allow three (3) weeks for your confirmation.

Checking in at the DBSA Conference Registration Desk
We've expanded check-in hours this year!

  • If you're registered for the Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) that takes place on Thursday, you'll receive your conference materials when you check in for CLF.
  • If you're coming in on Thursday, avoid the crowds--stop by the DBSA Registration and Information Desk that evening to check in before Friday morning.
  • If you're arriving Friday morning, you can check in between 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

DBSA Registration and Information Desk Hours:

Thursday, September 10  
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 11 
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 12 
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 13 
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Getting to the Conference
Be sure to visit the Hotel and Travel section of the conference website for information on things like the cheapest parking, Greyhound bus and Amrack train options, airport shuttle services, and much more!

Booking Your Hotel Room
DBSA has negotiated very reasonable rates for attendees at the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Visit the Hotel and Travel section of the conference website for information on booking your hotel room by phone or online.

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 onboard with you in its original, labeled container. Do not pack medication in luggage that will be checked.

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Fun Stuff

Don't Miss These Fun Events!

Informal Handshake Thursday's Conference Meet & Greet
a great way to kick-off your conference
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FREE with conference registration
Meet new or connect with old friends
theater Friday's Friends Reception Benefit
with Musical Performance
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tickets available onsite for $95
($85 if purchased before August 2)
Saturday's Comedy Night
featuring conference student comics
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tickets available onsite for $15
($10 if purchased before August 2)
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Conference Store

Did you know you can purchase shirts, water bottles, even pet bowls, and more designed especially for the conference?

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Tell your friends everything about the conference with a fun graphical e-Card sent to their e-mail address.

Connect with Other Attendees

Thinking about car-pooling or sharing a room to save on costs? DBSA has created a discussion board in our forum about the conference. Log-on to:

  • Find others who might be looking for a ride/room.
  • Connect with others from your city/state that are also attending
  • Connect with others attending the conference that might have similar interests (GLBT, providers with a diagnosis, veterans, etc.)

NOTE: DBSA is not responsible, nor in any way libel, for ANY interactions that occur while on this discussion board, nor is it responsible or libel for ANY arrangements (ride/room sharing e.g.) that are made as a result of these interactions. Please use caution and be safe about sharing any personal information and when considering any such arrangements. All actions and outcomes as a result of using these discussion boards are the SOLE responsibility of the individuals making the agreement.

Central Canal at dusk in IndianapolisAll About Indy

Everything You Need to Know about Downtown www.indydt.com/home.cfm
City of Indianapolis Official Website www.indy.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

Interactive Map
Printable Map
Skywalk Map
Public Transportation

Express Park Garage 
20 N. Pennsylvania St.
(317) 231-1385
Circle Block Garage*
25 N. Illinois St.
(317) 974-0590
*NOTE: Open 24 hours every day EXCEPT Sunday. Because the garage opens at 12 noon on Sundays, you must wait until then to get your car.

Merchants Garage
31 S. Meridian St.
(317) 638-8062

Whether you want burgers or barbecue, Italian or Indian, you’ll find it in downtown Indianapolis. Check out the recommendations below.

Restaurants Close to the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Au Bon Pain
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buca di Beppo
Chocolate Cafe/South Bend Chocolate Company
Circle Centre Mall's food court (Johnny Rockets, P.F. Chang's, and more)
Hard Rock Cafe
Mikado Japanese Restaurant
Noodles & Company
Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery
Rock Bottom Brewery
Steak 'n Shake

Suggestions from Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association

Suggestions from Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Suggestions from Indianapolis Metromix.com

White River State Park
As The New York Times said, “White River State Park is Indianapolis’ version of the Mall in Washington.” Find out how to get a pass for a 25% discount on the attractions in this beautiful park: 

 Indianapolis Zoo 
 Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball 
 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art 
 Indiana State Museum
 IMAX Theater  
 NCAA Hall of Champions 
 Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial 

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail 
A world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities, and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.

Listing of Special Events/Exhibits
Click here to get the details on special events and exhibits like these this September in Indy:

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Exhibition
  • Tutankhamen: The Golden King & the Great Pharaohs
  • Lincoln Bicentennial
  • Indy Arts Market
  • Groovin’ in the Garden
  • “William Henry Harrison: Tippecanoe & History Too”
  • Making It in the Midwest: Artists Who Chose to Stay
  • Quest for the West Art Show & Sale
  • Global Perspectives

National City Bank
(in mall atrium attached to Hyatt Regency lobby)

Indiana University Emergency Department
550 N. University Blvd.
(317) 274-4705

Methodist Hospital ER
I-65 at 21st Street
(317) 962-8355

Clarian Behavioral Health Access Center
1801 N. Senate Blvd.
Rm. C115
800.745.HELP (4838)


Riley Hospital for Children
702 Barnhill Dr.
(317) 274-4071‎

CVS Pharmacy*
1744 N. Illinois St. (about 1.5 miles from downtown)
(317) 923-1491
More information about this pharmacy

*There is another CVS Pharmacy located within blocks of the Hyatt Regency but it is NOT open 24 hours. The address is 175 N. Illinois St., and the phone number is (317) 636-6664. Pharmacy hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. More information about this pharmacy

Auto Parts/Services
Dry Cleaning/Shoe Repair
WiFi Hot Spots
Places of Worship

The Indianapolis Star http://www.indystar.com/
NBC Channel 13/WTHR http://www.wthr.com/
ABC Channel 6/WRTV http://www.theindychannel.com/
CBS Channel 8/WishTV http://www.wishtv.com/
Fox Channel 59/WXIN-TV http://www.fox59.com/

Indianapolis VA Regional Office Department of Veterans Affairs
575 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(800) 827-1000

Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 47276
Indianapolis, IN 46247
(866) 977-GLBT
(866) 977-4528