Mary Washer, autistic student, graduates from Broken Arrow High School

TULSA - A Broken Arrow High School student defied the odds and received her diploma.

Mary Washer was born with autism and is unable to speak. On Thursday, she rode with her family in a limousine to the Mabee Center and happily walked across the stage in front of a packed audience to graduate.

"She may not have a big wedding. She may not have children some day, (so) this is a really big deal for her and we want to make sure it's something that she can look back on and smile at the pictures," said Angela Chada, Washer's mother.

Washer is the inspiration behind a new law, which gives schools the ability to graduate disabled students, despite state testing requirements.


Broken Arrow Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall recognized Washer for this during the ceremony, bringing Chada to tears.

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