The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has identified the Positive Culture Initiative (PCI) as a high priority across the state. A positive culture is an intentional way of supporting all people within our communities that focuses on creating healthy relationships and acknowledging the unique gifts that each brings to those relationships. It is about making the shift in thinking away from power, control and coercion in language and actions, and toward affirmation, unconditional acceptance and encouragement.
The key message is about supporting one another in continuously striving to become more human in our work, to cultivate our spirit of gentleness and fully invest ourselves in creating environments where people can truly thrive.
A group of agency providers and other interested parties are at work to develop a positive culture in Belmont County. Through their words and deeds, they are working to make all people feel safe, valued and accepted in the community.