Bianca Catherine Knight
Legal Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
As a disability rights attorney, Bianca Catherine Knight draws on not only a strong legal background and education but her own experience in adapting to adult-onset blindness. At the age of 28, she experienced a sudden loss of her central vision. After visiting a number of doctors who struggled to interpret her symptoms, Bianca Catherine Knight received a diagnosis of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), which has no cure or treatment.
Unwilling to resign herself to lifelong dependency on others, Bianca Catherine Knight began a two-year journey in vocational rehabilitation. She learned to use her hearing and other senses to navigate the world around her, and she became skilled in the use of adaptive technology. Then, with the support of her technology instructor, she used those skills to successfully complete her law school entrance examination and enroll at the newly opened Belmont University College of Law.
Ms. Knight entered law school with the objective of advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities, having already served as a community organizer with the Tennessee Disability Coalition. She fulfilled her pro bono pledge with the American Inns of Court through work at the Legal Aid Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class in May of 2014. Since that time, she has helped clients to secure reasonable workplace accommodations, represented workers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and advocated for legislation that protects the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Nashville, TN, US