A couple in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, who initially met at a Quran course that was taught in the Braille alphabet, finally got married after spending five years trying to convince their families.
Sadullah Ayyıldız and Ayşegül İzol, both 25, first met at the course five years ago, but were met with their families' objection when they decided to get married. Ayyıldız later went to Adana on the Mediterranean coast but continued to be in touch with İzol. Eventually he contacted Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Disabilities Department Chairman Yusuf Çelebi, who is also head of the National Disabled People Confederation, and asked for help. The families, whose objection was due to both being visually impaired, eventually relented.
At their engagement ceremony, Ayyıldız thanked all who helped bring the couple together, adding, "Let everyone know this. No matter what obstacles you put in front of the disabled, they will always overcome." Çelebi, speaking after the ceremony, said, "I convinced the families that this couple could have a perfectly good life despite all the problems. I gave them examples of happy couples. It is not what you see but what you think that makes a life worth living."