Boris Šuštaršič

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He was elected to the National Council as a representative of social care.

Member of the Interest Group of Non-Commercial Activities.

President of the Commission for Social Care, Labour, Health and Disabled.

Member of the Commission for Economy, Trade, Tourism and Finance.



Boris Šuštaršič was born in June 1945 in Ljubljana. His life was marked by his disability which first started to appear when he was only 2 years old and unable to stabilize his walk as other children did. He has hereditary spinal atrophy, which caused him to remain in a wheelchair since the age of 11 years old.

Despite severe disability, he regularly completed elementary school and passed examinations at the Gymnasium. He studied English and French at the university, but was in 1966 forced to stop his studies in his second year, when he became the first president of the newly founded Association of People Suffering from Dystrophy of Yugoslavia. Three years later, he also became president of the Association of People Suffering from Dystrophy of Slovenia. Ever since, he devotes all his life activities to the organized activities of this organization for the disabled, as well as to cooperation with other organized associations for the disabled. For many years, he has successfully built a system of an organizationally strong and broad, economically successful and humanly optimistic politics of care for the disabled. This quality of integrating disparate elements in new units led him to head the National Council of Organizations for the Disabled in Slovenia, in which he contributed greatly to the development of a culture of cooperation among various groups of disabled persons.

The life of Boris Šuštaršič is defined by an individual manner of accepting his own disability. He devoted himself to attaining specific knowledge that would allow him to realize numerous ideas and make them attainable for all disabled. He founded a company for the disabled Biografika Bori in Ljubljana, as well as a company for the disabled Dom dva topola in Izola a couple of years later. He strengthened the cooperation of organizations for the disabled in Slovenia, which now represent the strongest national partner in the dialogue to enforce interests of the disabled and satisfy their specific needs. A fruit of his efforts was also the integration of companies for the disabled and a complex of systemic solutions, which lead to new dimensions of the development of social care in Slovenia.

Boris Šuštaršič is an author and co-author of numerous articles, professional contributions and reports on the thematic of disability. Especially important is his long-term concept of independent living for significantly movement-impaired disabled persons, for the development and enforcement of volunteer forms of work and self-help, which would effectively connect different programs of independent living of the disabled into a cohesive unity, embedded in the social sphere.

As a creative developmental manager in the field of care for the disabled, his tireless work and vigor is continuously transferred to his coworkers and all with whom he comes in touch with through his many socially oriented roles. He continuously proves that all complicated problems can be mastered logically.

In the scope of the Social Chamber of Slovenia and other organizations, he attends professional meetings and regularly participates in discussions by providing his perspectives and ideas. He is the recipient of the award of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities for his exceptional success in working in the field of social care, as well as the recipient of the state order of freedom of the Republic of Slovenia for his merit and personal contributions to the welfare of disabled persons in Slovenia.

As a national councilor in his fourth mandate, he consistently and passionately advocates for the interests of social care, including care for the disabled. He successfully enforces his own and submitted initiatives, and helps to shape countless improvements for social life of especially severely affected disabled and pensioners. He strives to preserve Slovenia’s status of a social state in the context of the second article of the Constitution, and to develop clear social politics and a cohesive strategy for the development of care for the disabled in Slovenia. 

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