Juror Profile

Laura Gehlhaar
I didn’t have female role models with disabilities when I was young – so I am delighted now to see that there are strong, smart and self-confident women with disabilities who have paved the way for others. I am honoured to recognize the work of these women with the Her Abilities Award.
Photo: Laura Gelhaar. Credit: Andi Weiland


writer, blogger, activist, social worker



Short Biography

Laura Gehlhaar was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1983. Her studies in social work and psychology brought her to the Netherlands, before moving to Berlin in 2008. After her studies she followed her heart and landed a job at a psychiatric ward.

Since completing training for mediation and coaching in 2014, she works both as coach and author. Besides writing about life both in the city and in the wheelchair, she speaks publicly about inclusion and accessibility. Her first book „Kann man da noch was machen?“ was published by Heyne in September 2016.