is a person with a disability and the executive director of The National Council on Independent Living
is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities.
Founded in 1982, NCIL
represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent
Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
Buckland previously worked as a social worker in Boise and an employee for Idaho's protection and advocacy system.
He served for years as the executive director of the Boise CIL, Living Independence Network Corp.
Buckland graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in social work and Summa Cum Laude from Drake University with a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling.
In recent years, Buckland
has been honored with numerous state and national awards, including the University of Idaho
President's Medallion, the United Vision for Idaho Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Achievement in Human Rights Award, and induction into the National Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame
has testified before Congress several times on issues such as universal health care, fair housing and appropriations for centers for independent living.
Headshot Kelly Buckland