University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Mary Alice Favro

Mary Alice Favro, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Mary Alice FavroOffice: 300 Pomeroy
Phone: (802) 656-1915
Fax: (802) 656-9523

Mary Alice Favro is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and is the Clinical Director for the VT-Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals (VT-ILEHP Program). As such she is responsible for overseeing all clinical practica within VT-ILEHP, and collaborates in program and curriculum development. She teaches graduate level courses in augmentative communication. Before coming to UVM, she worked with children 0 to 3 years in a home-based early intervention program and in school systems as an Augmentative Communication Specialist. Particular areas of interest include community and classroom-based communication programming for students with multiple disabilities and supporting adults with developmental disabilities to become effective communicators.


M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Speech-Language Pathology, 1983
B.S., Elmira College, Speech and Hearing, Magna Cum Laude, 1981

Courses Taught

CMSI 284 - Augmentative Communication
CMSI 295 - Augmentative Communication II
CMSI 295 - Implementing AAC
CMSI 295 - Topics in AAC Strategies
CMSI 020 - Introduction to Disordered Communication


Starble, A., Hutchin, T., Favro, M.A., Prelock, P., & Bitner, B. (2006). Family-centered intervention and satisfaction with AAC device training. Communication Disorders Quarterly.

Favro, M.A. (2003). A Guide to Medicaid Funding for Communication Evaluations & Devices. Waterbury, VT: Vermont Division of Developmental Disabilities

Favro, M.A. and Taylor, B. (2000). What about AAC? Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A Resource Guide. Vermont Assistive Technology Project through grant from National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education.

Selected Presentations

Favro, M.A. Supporting Speech: How you can help someone be better understood & Light Tech Communication Supports: Simple, Cheap, and Easy to Find. Burlington, VT: Making Communication Happen Worldwide Conference, October 26, 2010.

Favro, M.A. & Yandow, J. The "Who, What, When, Where and How" of AAC: A Discussion Among Service Providers about AAC Devices and the Students Who Use Them. Burlington, VT: Making Learning Accessible: Assistive Technology Conference for K-12. August 19, 2010.

Favro, M.A. Visual Schedules & Choice Boards Don't Equal Communication Boards. Statewide webinar for Vermont Communication Task Force originating in Waterbury, VT. February 10, 2010.

O'Rourke, D & Favro, M.A. Pain in individuals with complex communication needs: A problem that needs attention. Montreal, Canada: ISAAC-13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. August 4, 2008

Favro, M.A. Supporting Speech: How Can you Help Someone Be Better Understood?; From Start to Finish: Funding AAC Devices; & Visual Schedules, Choice Boards and Conversation Boards. :Making Communication Happen III Conference, Vermont Division of Developmental Disabilities/Vermont Assistive Technology Program, , May 14, 2008

Honors & Awards
  • Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary's Community Award, presented to the Vermont Communication Task Force, December 2007
  • ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE),1994 & 2007
Professional Affiliations

American Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA)
Vermont Speech, Language & Hearing Association (VSHA)
Special Interest Division-12, Augmentative Alternative Communication
ISAAC (International Society of AAC)
USSACC (United States Society of AAC)

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