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Kaj Kraus (he/him) is a deaf linguist, researcher, educator, and advocate. As staff he supports HEARD’s operations and advocacy efforts, which includes corresponding with currently incarcerated deaf/disabled people and providing cultural/linguistic competency training to attorneys representing deaf/disabled people. He is also a doctoral student in linguistics and adjunct faculty at Gallaudet University. Kaj’s research focuses on language acquisition and the cognition-language development interface, and he has published on the importance of early exposure to accessible language for deaf children. Previously, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s degree from Gallaudet University.