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American Association of

the Deaf-Blind, Inc.
Financial Statements and Report of Independent Certified Public Accountants
December 31, 2008 and 2007


Board of Directors

American Association of the Deaf-Blind, Inc.
We have audited the accompanying statements of financial position of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind, Inc. (a non-profit organization) as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the related statements of activities and changes in net assets, functional expenses and cash flows for the years then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Association's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind, Inc. as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the changes in its net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

May 13, 2009 Linton Shafer Warfield & Garrett, P. A.


Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2008 and 2007
1. Organization
American Association of the Deaf Blind, Inc., (AADB) is a Maryland corporation organized under the general nonprofit corporation law of the State of Maryland. The Association also qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows operation as a nonprofit organization that is exempt from income taxes. The Association is a national consumer organization benefiting Americans with dual vision and hearing loss. They publish large type and braille magazines, organize conventions, and demonstrate new products to the deaf and blind.
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
(a) Basis of Presentation

The Association presents its financial statements on the accrual method of accounting. Under this method, revenue is recognized when earned and expenses are recognized when incurred.

The Association has adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 117, "Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Organizations." Under SFAS No. 117, the Association is required to report information regarding its financial position and activities according to three classes of net assets; unrestricted, temporarily restricted and permanently restricted. In addition, the Association is required to present a statement of cash flows. The Association’s financial statements present the three classes of net assets, which are defined as follows:
Unrestricted Net Assets - represent resources that are currently available for support of the Association's operations.
Temporarily Restricted Net Assets - represent resources that may be utilized only in accordance with the restricted purposes established by the provider of such funds. When a restriction expires, temporarily restricted net assets are reclassified to unrestricted net assets and reported in the statement of activities as funds released from temporary restrictions.
Permanently Restricted Net Assets - represent resources for which the principal is to be maintained intact and the income, including appreciation in market value, may only be spent in accordance with the intent of the donor. The Association currently does not have any permanently restricted funds.


Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2008 and 2007
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)
(b) Property and Equipment

The Association records depreciation on its furniture and equipment in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

The Association's policy is to capitalize all expenditures for furniture and equipment in excess of $200 and that benefit more than one accounting period. Depreciation is provided on the straight line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets, which is five years.
When fixed assets are retired or otherwise disposed of, the cost is removed from the asset account and the related accumulated depreciation is adjusted with the difference being charged to income as either a gain or loss on disposal. Maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred.
(c) Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable are stated at the amount management expects to collect from outstanding balances. If amounts become uncollectible, they will be charged to operations when that determination is made.

(d) Cash and Cash Equivalents

For purposes of the statement of cash flows, the Association considers all highly liquid debt instruments with a maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents.

(e) Concentration of Credit Risk

The Company maintains cash balances at two financial institutions. Accounts at each institution are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000. There were no uninsured balances at December 31, 2008. The Association has not experienced any losses in such financial institutions and believes it is not exposed to any significant credit risk on cash.


Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2008 and 2007
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)
(f) Investments

The Association has adopted SFAS No. 124 “Accounting for Certain Investments Held by Not-for-Profit Organizations.” Under SFAS No. 124, investments in marketable securities with readily determinable fair values and all investments in debt securities are reported at their fair values in the statement of financial position. Unrealized gains and losses are included in the change in net assets.

(g) Estimates

The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect certain reported amounts and disclosures. Accordingly, actual results could differ from those estimates.

(h) Fair Value

The Association adopted SFAS 157 Fair Value Measurements. SFAS No. 157 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements and establishes a hierarchy for valuation inputs.

The hierarchy prioritizes the inputs into three levels based on the extent to which inputs used in measuring fair value are observable in the market.
Fair value measurement is reported in one of the three levels which are determined by the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. These levels are:

  • Level 1 - inputs are based upon unadjusted quoted prices for identical instruments traded in active markets.

  • Level 2 - inputs are based upon quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active, and model-based valuation techniques for which all significant assumptions are observable in the market or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.


Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2008 and 2007
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

  • Level 3 - inputs are generally unobservable and typically reflect management's estimates of assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. The fair values are therefore determined using model-based techniques that include option pricing models, discounted cash flow models, and similar techniques.

3. Officers
The Board of Directors are elected by the members for a term of four years. Officers for the year ended December 31, 2008, are as follows:
Arthur Roehrig President

Vincent Lee Clark Vice President

Marilyn Fernandez-Trader Secretary

Jeffrey Bohrman Treasurer

4. Support and Revenue
Income to the Association consists primarily of membership dues, convention registration, grants and donations.
5. Lease Commitments
The Association is currently occupying space in the building located at 8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, Maryland, which expires March 31, 2008. The base rent is $2,401 per month with 3% increases each year. The lease has been amended for a five year term expiring March 31, 2013. The base rent will increase each year by 4%. Total rent expense for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 were $31,481 and $30,416, respectively. The Association’s obligations under the leases are as follows:


Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2008 and 2007
6. Fund-Raising Expenses
The Association has contracted with United Deaf Services (UDS), a division of Heritage Publishing Company of North Little Rock, Arkansas, to conduct a public relations and fund-raising campaign in the Association's name throughout the United States. During 2006, the Association renewed their contract with UDS for the years 2007 through 2009. As stated in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s (AICPA) Statement of Position No. 98-2, an organization may allocate program, management and general, and fund-raising costs associated with a fund-raising activity if the following three criteria have been met; purpose, audience, and content. Since the Association has not met all three criteria, all of the costs of this campaign have been reported as fund-raising costs (telemarketing expenses) in these financial statements.
7. Retirement
The Association has a Simple IRA Retirement Plan covering eligible employees. Eligible employees are those full-time and have one year of service with the Association. The Association matched up to 3% of employee’s annual salary if they make a similar contribution to the plan. Employer contributions to the plan are vested when the contribution is made.
8. Investments
Investments at December 31, 2008 and 2007, which are all considered level 1, consist of the following:

The Association invests in a professionally managed portfolio that contains an annuity fund and a certificate of deposit. Such investments are exposed to various risks such as interest rates, market and credit. Due to the level of risk associated with such investments and the level of uncertainty related to changes in the value of such investments, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in risks in the near term would materially affect investment balances and the amounts reported in the financial statements.


Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2008 and 2007
9. Temporarily Restricted Net Assets
Activity in temporarily net assets is as follows:

10. Related Parties
In 2008 and 2007, the Association’s paid the husband of an officer of AADB for interpreting services. Fees paid to him were $718 and $945 for fiscal years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 respectively.

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