Laura Gehlhaar has no heart for blue carpets! And she makes noises when she moves over to the toilet – at least that's what her boyfriend claims. But the author and activist can laugh about it. What she can't laugh about and how the processing status of her dream trip is, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Laura Gehlhaar Age: 35 City: Berlin, Germany Occupation:Author, activist and coach Relation to Impairment: I'm disabled by German politics
Laura Gehlhaar: My boyfriend. Every single day. Especially when he imitates me getting from my wheelchair to the loo.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Laura Gehlhaar: I'd like to go on a Southern tour of the United States by car. My boyfriend can drive me. So far, however, this project has been stuck in the following statement: "Maybe next year."
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Laura Gehlhaar: I'm influenced by different people every day. Positive as well as negative. I am very sensitive to my environment and the people in it. Just a little detail, a word, a pair of trousers that someone is wearing that inspires me and "boom" my brain comes up with an idea for a text.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Laura Gehlhaar: I would create a pastoral care station for desperate teachers who feel so overwhelmed by inclusion. These stations would be somewhere on the outskirts of the city, so that the teachers are collected with vans and brought to the stations.
And I'd trade the blue carpet from my office for a wooden floor. It'll roll better then.
"Can there be done anything else" – Laura Gehlhaar will give the answer when reading out of her book in the REHACARE Forum at 28th September.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Laura Gehlhaar: Justice and the struggle for it.
I would like to be ...
Laura Gehlhaar: ... Horst Seehofer (Editor's note: German politician). Then I'd bury myself in a black, dark hole and be ashamed of myself until I'd die.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Laura Gehlhaar: Is Horst Seehofer actually a part of Germany?
What I finally want to say...
Laura Gehlhaar: The Pale Ale of König Ludwig is actually the best beer. Don't even try something different, just start having a good time with it. Cheers!