Idaho Advocate Receives Human Rights Award
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 1, 2005
BOISE, IDAHO--The business section of the Idaho Statesman last week reported that local disability rights advocate Kelly Buckland received a national human rights award for his advocacy work.
Buckland, 51, was honored on May 24 with the 2005 Hewlett-Packard Co. Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights.
As executive director of the Idaho State Independent Living Council, Buckland has led efforts toward this session's passage of the Idahoans with Disabilities Act, along with measures concerning a uniform state building code, eliminating discriminatory language and voting rights issues.
"I am especially impressed that the award acknowledges disability rights as a civil rights issue," said Buckland, who has used a wheelchair since injuring his spinal cord at age 16. "Often, mainstream America does not recognize that people with all types of disabilities should have the same civil rights and control over choices in their lives as people without disabilities."
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