Talley Wells is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD). NCCDD focuses on improving systems and supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). In the last year, NCCDD has been focused on the Direct Support Professional workforce shortage, the waiting list, employment, Medicaid Transformation, and policy issues impacting the I/DD community. Talley previously served as the Executive Director of Georgia Appleseed. Georgia Appleseed is a legal non-profit focused on systems change for children and families. Before that, Talley was the Director of the Disability Integration Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society for almost ten years. Much of his work there focused on the implementation of the United States Supreme Court’s Olmstead v. L.C. decision. Olmstead is the most important Supreme Court decision for people with disabilities. It was brought by Atlanta Legal Aid. Talley founded the Olmstead Disability Rights Law Clinic at Georgia State School of Law. He and his wife Laura were two of the co-founders of L’Arche Atlanta, which is a community for people with and without developmental disabilities.
Talley is a former skipper on the world-famous Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World.