HE’S NOW A LAWYER
12 December 2016 Share

HE’S NOW A LAWYER

Celil Uzun, who has congenital visual impairment and a hearing loss of 90 percent, proved once more that nothing is “impossible” and became a lawyer against all the odds he has come across.

Graduating from Yaşar University where he studied with a full scholarship last year, Celil Uzun swore his oath in his gown after completing his law internship despite his visual and hearing impairment.   Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ruhan Erdem from Yaşar University’s Law Faculty; Aydın Özcan, President of Bar Association, and Attorney Münir Hakan Eriş gowned Celil Uzun. Celil Uzun got a big round of applause during the ceremony after getting his licence and being registered at the İzmir Bar Association with the number of 12700.

HE MADE IT EVEN WITHOUT SEEING AND HEARING

Celil Uzun, whose father is a teacher and mother a housewife, was born with visual impairment, and has used a hearing aid ever since as he has severe deafness. He was diagnosed with a hearing loss of 90 percent when he was two years old; however, he has never quit living life with joy thanks to his family’s great support and never given up on his education. After completing his primary education, he was able to study together with students without disabilities.

Celil was admitted to Yaşar University’s Law Faculty with a full scholarship as a successful student who -as Celil himself expressed- has always modeled himself on Selim and Kerim Altınok, two brothers who also have congenital visual impairment and both of whom are lawyers and musicians. The education environment offered for Celil is equipped with a sound system which allows him to follow classes with headphones and then convert them into recordings with the help of special software or to print them as braille with the help of the Turkish Library for the Visually Disabled. After getting his law education in such an environment tailored for his needs, he graduated last year.

I WANT TO WORK FOR CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

After one year internship at the courthouse, the İzmir Bar Association and the office of Attorney Hakan Eriş, he again proved himself as an achieved attorney. “I have complete visual impairment and profound hearing loss. However, I have never considered these impairments as a barrier preventing me, thanks to the support shown by -particularly- my family as well as my teachers and everyone who believed in me,” said Celil Uzun.