LEAD People: Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), LEAD Center Executive Committee
Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), LEAD Center Executive Committee
Headshot of Kelly Buckland
Kelly Buckland is the Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
is a LEAD Center
national partner, helping to conduct a pilot project with five Centers for Independent
Living (CILs) in urban and rural communities across the country to work with individuals with diverse disabilities as they access their local American Job Center.
also represents NCIL
on the LEAD Center
's Executive Steering Committee.
, who is a person with a disability, has been actively involved in disability issues since 1979.
career as an employee for Idaho's Protection and Advocacy system.
He served for more than 20 years as the Executive Director of the Boise CIL, Living Independence Network Corp. and the Idaho State Independent Living Council.
He has served on the Idaho Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Employment and Training Council, and the State Help America Vote Act Steering Committee.
has worked on issues affecting people with disabilities, including passage of the Personal Assistance Services Act and the Fathers and Mothers Independently Living with their Youth (FAMILY) Child Custody Laws.
Buckland graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in Social Work and Summa Cum Laude from Drake University with a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling.
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 as well as 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.
has been closely involved with the direct-service and systemic change aspects of the Independent Living movement.
has a long history with the National Council on Independent Living
He has served on numerous NCIL Legislative and Advocacy Subcommittees and other standing NCIL committees, the NCIL Governing Board since 1998, as NCIL Vice-President from 2001-2005, and as NCIL President from 2005 to 2009, including his current role as national Executive Director of NCIL.