Kelly Buckland, MS

National Council on Independent Living

Titles and Affiliations: 

  • Former Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living

Kelly Buckland is a person with a disability who has been actively involved in disability issues since 1979. Kelly 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. Kelly 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.

Additionally, Kelly has a long history with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). 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. Kelly retired as the Executive Director of NCIL in July 2021.