Those are Harry Lang’s words quoted by I. King Jordan at his presentation during the recent ALDA/TDI conference in New Mexico. Communication is not limited to spoken languages only – it can happen in other ways such as via captioning, sign language, cued speech, lipreading, paper/pen, typing, Braille, etc.
International Federation for Hard of Hearing (IFHOH) World Congress 2012 was held in end of June in Bergen, Norway. I learned about it last year at an annual HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) conference that I was attending for the 3rd time. It was my first time attending an international conference outside of the USA, and also first time visiting Scandinavia.