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

Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Pediatrics, College of Medicine
University of Vermont
RE4 477, 4318 Rehab, UHC
1 S. Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-656-1915
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Last Updated: March 09, 2017

Mary Alice Favro

Leadership Administrative Staff: Training/Clinical Director

Primary Activity Coordinators: Clinical Services
Training Director
Discipline Coordinators: Speech-Language Pathology
Discipline(s): Speech-Language Pathology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
National Training Directors' Council
Research: Augmentative Communication
Education: BS, 1981, Elmira College, Elmira, NY Speech and Hearing
MA, 1983, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Communication Disorders
Service: ASHA Member and CCC-SLP, ISAAC, USAAC, VSHA.


Mary Alice Favro is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and is Clinical Director & Associate Training Director for the VT Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VT LEND) program. She is responsible for overseeing all internships within VT LEND and collaborates in program and curriculum development. She teaches graduate level courses in Augmentative Communication and undergraduate courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also supervises a weekly group for individuals with aphasia. 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 training culturally responsive clinicians and future leaders, Universal Design for Learning, community and classroom-based communication programming for students with multiple disabilities and supporting adults with developmental disabilities to become effective communicators.

Favro, M.A. & Velleman, S. Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Lessons learned and in progress. Newport Beach, CA: Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), Friday, April 17, 2015.

Favro, M.A. & Fulcher, A. Medicaid Funding of iPads for Communication: Vermont's Journey. Orlando, FL: Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), January 30, 2015.

Potvin, M-C & Favro, M.A. Transitioning to Distance Learning: A Roadmap for LEND programs. Washington, DC: AUCD Annual Convention, November 19, 2013.

Favro, M.A., O'Rourke, D., Contompasis, S., Beatson, J. Collaborating Health Care Professions. Northfield VT: Area Health Education Focus on Health Careers Conference, November 2, 2013.

Favro, M.A., Contompasis, S., Buscaglia, C., Hancock, E., Leffel, K., and O'Rourke, D. Does Physical Activity Have an Impact on Behavior, Social Interaction and/or Functioning at School in Children with ASD? Washington, DC: AUCD Annual Convention, December, 2012.

Favro, M.A. Meet the Professionals Panel. Rutland, VT: Area Health Education Collaborative CollegeQuest Program. July 18, 2013.

Favro, M.A. Family Centered Care Training. Starksboro, VT: Camp Kaleidoscope Staff Training, June 23, 2011.

MacDonald, M., Lavigne, C., Favro, M.A.,& Salambier, G. The Use of AAC to Support Alternative Assessment Portfolio Goals. Philadelphia, PA: ASHA Convention, November, 2010.

Contompasis, S., Favro, M.A., Beatson, J., Castro, E.M. & Dennis, R. Providing Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance via Skype to a Honduran Rehabilitation Center. Arlington, VA: AUCD Annual Conference, November, 2010.

Favro, M.A. (2012). A Guide to Medicaid Funding for Communication Evaluations and Devices. Vermont State Division of Developmental Services. Waterbury, VT

Starble, A., Hutchins, T., Favro, M.A., Prelock, P. & Bitner, B. (2006).  Family-centered intervention and satisfaciton with AAC device training.  Communications Disorders Quarterly, 27(1). 47-54. 

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.